Origin and basic meaning of the word ḥnmmt (the so-called 'sun-folk')

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Author: Serrano, José M.
Editors: Altenmüller, Hartwig
Document types:Artikel in Zeitschrift
Year of publication:1999
Published: Buske, Hamburg (1999)
Journal:Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur (SAK), 27
Subjects: SOZIALES LEBEN -> Gesellschaft
LEXIKOGRAPHIE -> Schrift und Sprache
ETYMOLOGIE -> Schrift und Sprache
PYRAMIDENTEXT -> Texte, ägyptisch
GÖTTER -> Religion im weitesten Sinn
HIMMEL -> Religion im weitesten Sinn
Ägyptische Worte:ḥnmmt  
Verfügbarkeit:Lokaler Bestand vorhanden
Letzte Aktualisierung:10.03.2014
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This paper studies the controversial term ḥnmmt ('sun-folk'), applying mainly a historical criterion, and regarding the context in which the word appears. Old Kingdom attestations are surveyed (all of them from Pyramid Texts), and its etymology is also considered. The term ḥnmmt had originally a clear religious nature, probably related with deities connected to the idea of renaissance and resurrection, and with the passage through or arrival to heaven.