THE EGYPTIAN ANKH


One of the most well-known symbols in Egyptian pantheon is the Ankh. A simple ancient knot.

It was most commonly used in writing and in Egyptian art to represent the word for "life" and generally speaking it was used as a symbol for life itself.

The symbol has a familiar cross shape, but in the place of a top vertical bar, a circular loop is present.

The origins of the Ankh are not known.

It could represent the origins of Egyptian creation. The loop representing the primordial waters of the primordial egg and the crosses being the offshoots with which was all life.

It is consistently seen in the hands of ancient Egyptian deities. The Ankh, alone with the Wadjet Eye and the Eye of Ra is one of the most commonly used symbols in Egyptian art.

Some mythologists have hypothesised that the symbol represents the male and female sex organs, tied together into a single knot. It’s possible.

When the Egyptian world was created, life was also created. Repetitive cycles like the rising and setting of the sun were thought of as a sort of retelling of the events of creation. Ultimately - the Ankh is a singular representation of this.

Whatever it’s the origin, the Ankh has become synonymous with ancient Egypt.

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