Light of the Morning


“Light” is the story of four young women thousand’s of years apart, who are connected by a stone first found by a ten year old boy.  That boy, Akhenaton (1320bc), was the Egyptian Pharaoh famous as the first ruler in history to espouse “Monotheism”, the worship of only one god. He also stressed a “Uniarchal” equality of the sexes. 

In the story, the inspiration for Akhenaton’s radical social ideas happen as he picks up a piece of naturally polished Quartz that sparkles when held up to the morning sun. In real life, Akhenaton built a new religious city called Amarna. A city dedicated to the worship of the Aten, his only god. That of course angered the priests of the day who eventually turned against Akhenaton and later Tutankhamen, his successor, as well.  Their attempts to “Erase” him from history by trying to literally chisel away every record of his existence, in fact has made him one of the best known of the Pharaoh’s.

            It is several years after Akhenaton has departed and Amarna has been laid to ruin. Teritti, is a young follower of his now dwindling cult of Aten. Manna, had been one of the “Forty Daughters of Aten”, personal servants to Nefertiti, Akhenaton’s famous wife.  Together, Manna and Teritti, find it necessary to leave Egypt and preserve the cult.  They take sail with Phoenician traders, eventually arriving in Florida and make their way to Texas on the Rio Grande. A place to build a new Amarna, and a new temple of Aten.

            A Hundred years later, Teritti’s great-granddaughter, a spirited young Indian girl named Qxiote (pronounced zotie) is born. Qxiote learns of the cult from her grandmother and others.  Her tribe, called the Teqoias, has mingled Native American Patriarchal & Animism concepts with the cult’s Uniarchal & Monotheistic traditions. Qxiote, one of the prime characters, becomes a powerful force in her tribe fighting the influx of the former.

            Qxiote fears that her world is not ready for Akhenaton’s message of equality and monotheism. She hides information about her tribe and the remnants of the Aten cult in a (Time capsule) shelter cave on the Rio Grande riverbank before her tribe is destroyed.

            Three thousand years pass, and in 1955, the cave is discovered by the other prime character, Theresa.  She is the ten year old African-American daughter of a US Air Force pilot.  In 1950, The US military had begun a program to end the racial-slavery imbalance that had been a part of America for hundreds, and the world for thousands, of years.

            Theresa, inspired by her study of Qxiote’s cave, goes on to found a museum of Native American culture and a prominent university professor.  She becomes a good friend to Elina, a young student (Present day) who has come to America from the Sudan.

            In the end, Elina holds up to the sun, the same Stone that Akhenaton had left on the bank of the Nile.  The very stone Teritti found and carried to America to place on the banks of the Rio Grande for Qxiote to find. 3000 years later, Theresa found it in Qxiote’s cave in 1955, and kept it for 50 years.  Elina now sees in the stone the same “Light.”

Included is a portion of "The Cult of Aten" called "Inspiration." The young prince is inspired to see the world differently and will pass on his vision to Teritti.

Also included is a portion of "The Child of the Sun" titled “I am Qxiote-Aten....” Here Qxiote realizes her calling to restore the cult of Aten.

Attached is an excerpt from "The Sun Stone" where Theresa 'Discovers' Qxiote's cave and the messages she had left.

And in "This is for You" Elina sees the same "Light" that had inspired the prince three thousand years ago. In this excerpt titled "Manumit", she is a young child being rescued from the slavers.


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