2012/08/27

Ankh Symbol

The Ankh for the ancient Egyptians was the symbol (the actual Hieroglyphic sign) of life but it is a persistent icon that remains with us even today as a Christian cross.
There are many theories and legends about the origin of the Egyptian Ankh symbol. Some suggest that it is the manifestation of sexual symbolism.

 




An old theory holds that the ankh was the symbol of the rising sun, with the loop representing the sun rising above the horizon, which is represented by the crossbar. The lower vertical section to the cross bar is then the path of the sun.
Others say it symbolized the key turned on the annual flooding of the Nile. Some say it was the key to eternal life. Even today, nobody really knows.
In essence, the Egyptian symbol is supposed to represent life. This is why many ancient Egyptian deities were represented with the symbol of the Ankh in their hands representing life.
The loop of the Ankh is held by the gods. It is associated with Isis and Osiris in the dynastic period. The loop of the Ankh also represents the feminine discipline, while the elongated section represent the masculine discipline.
Another unique way in which the symbol was represented in the shape of channels, wherein wherein a number of symbols Ankh are successively connected to each other. Such models are usually shown in the vessels through which the water that drains the symbol of the power of the water.
The symbol is also an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph hieroglyph representing the nh "(ankh) which means" life "or" breath of life ". The glyph appears in an incredible number of entries and was often used as a decorative device.
Most of the gods of Egypt are depicted wearing an Ankh to represent their vivacity and immortality. From time to time the god (or goddess) extends the Ankh Pharaoh, indicating both the gift of life and purification of the object.

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