The Nile Is Unknown

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In order to properly analyze the meaning of the texts, it is necessary to recognize the background of the source. The author of Hymn to the Nile is unknown, but a reader can conclude that the writer is most likely an Egyptian. The Egyptian praises the Nile for the purpose of sharing the wonders of the Nile. He presents his argument to the Egyptians in the form of a poetic praise or hymn, stating that the Nile is “the creator of all good things” and supplies food for them such as fish and crops.
Upon reading the paper, two types of presuppositions manifest. The first type is that of the author’s. A reader can concur that the Egyptians worship the Nile. It is evident that the river is seen as a God and supplies not only for the people, but also for other gods. The second type of presupposition is from the view of the reader. Students today learn about Egyptians being polytheistic , but they learn that most religions today are monotheistic, and see it as odd for the Egyptians to worship something in hands reach.
Despite the belief of the Egyptian author, Akhenaten, a pharaoh of Egypt, has a different attitude. Akhenaten writes to praise Aten and introduce the new idea of monotheism. From beginning to end, Akhenaten’s hymn argues to the Egyptians that there is only one god and his name is Aten. He makes the point that Aten is the one true god by stating that he is “the lord of all that the Disk encircles.” In this text, the author sustains the belief that Egyptian people were…

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