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  • Writer's pictureMikhael Naylor

What does the Ankh represent?

The Ankh is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol that represents the concept of eternal life.

It is often depicted as a cross with a loop at the top, and is sometimes referred to as the "key of life." The Ankh symbol was frequently used in hieroglyphics and art to represent the gods and pharaohs, and was also used as a symbol of the union between men and women, particularly in wedding ceremonies. In religious context, the Ankh is a symbol of the life-giving power of the gods, particularly the god of the sun, Ra. It is also associated with the god Horus, who was believed to be the son of Osiris and Isis, and was the god of the sky, war, and hunting. The Ankh was also used in the funerary context, the Egyptian believed that by using the ankh, the dead person's soul will be able to ascend to the afterlife. The gods and pharaohs were often depicted holding an ankh to the nose of the deceased, as a symbol of breathing life into them, in order to ensure their immortality and resurrection.

The Ankh was also used as a symbol of power and protection and was often carried by pharaohs, priests, and other high-ranking officials. It was also commonly used as an amulet or talisman, believed to have the power to protect the wearer from harm and to bring good luck. The Ankh was also a symbol of the union between men and women. It was often depicted being held by the god and goddess representing the union between them. In this context, the Ankh symbolized the continuity of life and the perpetuation of the royal bloodline. Overall, the Ankh was a powerful and widely-used symbol in ancient Egypt, with a variety of meanings and associations, including life, power, protection, and immortality.

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