Religious Significance of Embracing Members of the Heliopolitan Ennead in Royal Iconography from the New Kingdom

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The creation myth of Heliopolis was regarded as one of the most important ancient Egyptian mythological principals. The great dominance of the Heliopolitan Ennead in the Egyptian mythology has caused the rulers to seek association with its members. Through this association or divine relationship, the king was regarded as the tenth god of the ennead, being the earthly representative of Horus.