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Practising Atenism at Home

Typical example of a home altar. Not shown is the Aten Disc which is above the bust of Tutankhaten.

Tips and Suggestions on How to Practice Atenism in your home.

Under construction. Additional materials and photographs of altar set up instructions will be provided soon.

Morning Devotion
1. After awakening and bathing, one rinses the mouth before reciting prayers and hymns.

2. Without shoes, facing the Sun in the East, recite one of the Hymn texts.

3. Still without shoes, approach the altar with a reverent bow, and recite the prescribed prayers and blessings.

4. When prayers and blessings have been recited, and offerings have been made upon the altar, walk backwards reciting the closing blessing.

In clean bowls, water and various types of nuts can be offered, including dry beans, and colourful flowers. At the end of the day (at or just after sunset) the offerings are removed and if possible, consumed. The same foods should never be used more than once in an offering. Candles, silk flowers and non-edible items, including some incense, may be re-used.

Simple Altar Set Up
Additional instructions and photos will be provided. This list should help get you started for your home altar. These are items that are typically used among Atenists.

1. The Aten symbol (on the wall above the altar)

2. Ankh (may be placed on the wall or on the altar itself)

3. Images or statues/figurines of Akhenaten, Tutankhaten, Nefertiti, Smenkhkare and others related to the City of Aten (Akhetaten, Amarna)

4. Candles, incense, flowers (real or silk)

5. Elephant (representing wisdom and might)

6. Atenist sacred texts

7. Water offering bowl, dry food offering bowl

8. Music