September 23, 2018
Filled with many mysteries and a great deal of spirituality, the mythology and culture of ancient Egyptians are surely an important part of the history of civilisation. Admittedly only to a limited extent, today we are able to comprehend the hieroglyphs depicting the events that occurred during the age of pharaohs. That being said, knowledge of Egyptian symbolism is essential to have a better understanding of those times. For those who have been wondering, here are the most prominent ancient Egyptian symbols and their meanings:
As the most commonly used symbol among the ancient Egyptian symbols, the Ankh (which is also known as crux ansata by Coptic Christians) represents life and immortality.
It was also used as the symbol of the union between men and women, particularly the union of Osiris and Isis which was believed to flood the river of Nile thus bringing fertility to Egypt. That is the reason why the ankh is also called the Key of the Nile.
In addition to being used as the symbol of the purifying and life-giving power of water and clairvoyance (the ability to see “the beyond”), the ankh was believed to be “the key to eternity”, “the key to the underworld”.1
Sometimes ankhs were drawn on temple walls as they were believed to provide divine protection. Here is the detailed article on the ankh symbol and its meaning if you would like to learn more about it.
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