Pagan Blog Project 2013 - A is for Ankh

The Ankh is also known as the key of life or crux ansata, Latin for “cross with a handle”.  It is the hieroglyphic character for life in Egyptian.  The Egyptian gods are shown in drawings holding the ankh by its loop.  The ankh is one of the most widely used symbols from ancient Egypt.  From games like Crash Bandicoot to World of Warcraft the ankh has made its way deep into modern culture.

Some wear ankhs as a fashion statement and then we have others that believe wearing this image may mean death and damnation for the Christian, as it would be considered idolatry.  Anubis, the god of death and mummification was often depicted holding an ankh and it was often used as part of funeral ceremonies.
I found this really good video on YouTube about the “secret of the Ankh”.

Recently I had a request to create a statue for the Egyptian God Anubis.  While working with them I decided to add a few ankhs to my collections as well.

Here is the large ankh.

Photo Credit - Renee Olson

I added the Eye of Horus, a symbol for the Sirius, a symbol for the Sphinx and water.

Photo Credit - Renee Olson

The medium ankh has the symbol for the sphinx in the center.

Photo Credit - Renee Olson
The small ankh has the symbols for fire, air, water and Hathor.

The ankh is an amazing symbol and if you look at the ancient hieroglyphs you can see that the ancient Egyptians saw it as indeed the key to eternal life.

Namaste and Blessed Be

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