Neb - you ask why I believe that Tut was murdered before changing his name, restoring the old religeon, shifting power back to Amun(inites ..hehe) and re-re-locating the capital because he was murdered before all of this happened
When I think about this, I try to put myself in Tut's shoes/sandals/what have you. I'm a pretty calm guy; it takes a fair amount of effort to get me rearing. However calm I may be, I will not stand for people changing my life.
Try to imagine yourself as a new pharaoh. You're young, new to the game. You've got to make a name for yourself, right? Well, if you're Tut, how could shifting power back to some unlawful priests that believe the old ways, or by giving up the capital that was just relocated?
Of course Tut was murdered before any of these changes took place. It's just bad politics to do otherwise! Also, (I'm going out on a limb here) I believe the advisors that chose to rename Tut after Amen was a sort of bastardized offering of the highest honor. What would please Amun more than to erase any existence of a pharaoh's name and replace it with a likeness of himself? It's like reforming their identity to create a multiplive, more powerful you!
...I lost myself about half way through that, I think I'm on the right track of my mind though!
Hmmm, although your theory puts a new twist on traditional belief, and I repsect your thoughts on this, I think you are quite mistaken my friend. I think there could be no better political move for Tut than to restore polytheism, under the advisement of Aye, of course.
What I think you may be failing to consider is the religious, social, and political upheval that Tut's father, Akhenaten, put Egypt through. I don't think I have to go into great detail about his reign, but I will summarize.
Akhenaten changed core religious beliefs that stood for over 1200 years, by denouncing all deities except for one, the Aten. He made himself and his wife Nefertiti the sole liaison between the people of Egypt and the Aten. By shutting down the temples across Egypt and prohibiting people to worship the dieites of their ancestors, they were forced to now pay homage to the Aten indirectly through him and his wife. Because of his emphasis on religious reform, the prosperity and foreign relations that his father Amenhotep III acheived fell to the wayside.
Now we all know this but just to put it in perspective think of it as being equivalent perhaps to a new Pope declaring an obscure African deity the supreme God of Catholicism, building a new Vatican City somewhere in Canada, and abolishing all bishops as well as banning the symbol of the Cross, defacing all churches to remove all reference to Jesus, and banning any personal veneration of Jesus.
So after the his father dies a mysterious death, and the enigmatic rule of Nefertiti and/or Smenkhare , a 9 years old Tut would be heir to the throne. With none of his elder family members to protect and mentor him he must have been a a very confused and fearful child. I have no doubt in my mind that members of his office would have greatly influenced a decision to make some very important changes.
Picture if you will, word has spread across Egypt of the new boy king who has brought back the old gods, opened the temples, and moved the capital back to the Waset (Thebes). Imagine the people of Egypt lining the banks of the nile to witness the new Pharaoh sailing down the Nile on his royal barge to his new home. Imagine the procession and festivities that were held as Tut made his way to his new palace in Waset. Imagine the joy and hope that filled the hearts of people all across the land that they could once again worship the dieites of the past, and Ma'at would be restored to Egypt.
I'm sure he was told he would gain respect from the Amun priests, the weakened military, the people of Egypt, and most of all the ancient deities that had been in the shadows for over twenty years. But was this all a scheme of his officials? Did Aye make a deal with the Amun priests to influence the boy to restore power to the Amun priesthood, in return they would murder the pawn giving Aye command of the throne and legitimising his new position by marrying the bride of the dead king, Akhesenamun, who would mysteriously disappear from history a very short time after this union. If so, the name changes of Tutankhaten and Akhesenpa'aten would have occured around the time of the restoration, which scholars have dated between year two and three of his reign.
If your theory is true, every single object that was to be placed in Tut's tomb containing his name would have to have been alterted. Why go through the hasty funerary preparations and fill his tomb with riches for the Tut's advancement into the afterlife. This action doesn't serve Amun, but instead serves Tut himself. The ancient Egyptians were in the mindset that if it wasn't written, than it didn't exist, which can be proven in the cases of Hatshepsut, Akehenaten and Nefertiti to name a few. Wouldn't it make more sense for them to eliminate all traces of Tut, and the heresy and legacy of his father if in fact he wasn't the one who was responsible for restore Egypt to its proper state.
Of course we have to rely on a lot of speculation here but I honestly think in Tut's mind, the ultimate move would be to restore Egypt to its proper state, but only because it was fed to him by his kneiving officials...after all he was only a child.