The ankh symbol.＝the most powerful cultural and religious symbols
The Egyptian word ankh means "life", "to live".
１） an evolved form of, or associated with the Egyptian glyph for magical protection
The Ancient Ankh, Symbol of Life by Taylor Ray Ellison
The Ankh was, for the ancient Egyptians,
the symbol (the actual Hieroglyphic sign) of life but
it is an enduring icon that remains with us even today as a Christian cross.
SUN DISC TO CRUCIFIX THE CROSS A short illustrated history
２）symbolic of the sunrise, with the loop representing the Sun rising above the horizon
The Papyrus of Ani（the British Museu）
In this image, taken from the Papyrus of Ani in the British Museum, London, UK;
note that the platform upon which the Djedankhra device is resting is floating above ground level. http://web.org.uk/djed/3.html
３）a sandal strap with the loop at the top forming the strap
４）ties for ceremonial girdles
Wolfhart Westendorf felt it was associated with the tyet emblem, or the "knot of Isis"
＝both were ties for ceremonial girdles
Wolfhart Westendorf はチェトあるいはイシスの結び目と関連があるとした
５）specifically sexual symbol
・・the female sexual organ+the male organ and the crossed line, the children of the union
It is also known as the Key of the Nile, representing the union of Isis and Osiris.
It is said that this mystic union would initiate the annual flooding of the Nile,
providing Egypt with her various means to survive.
The meaning of the ankh as womb, thus fertility and reproduction,
is well-illustrated in this particular legend.
Thereare symbols in antiquity like unto the Roman cross figure that have no connection to the Roman use.
It was a symbol denoting blessings from Aton the sun god upon the Pharaohs. The ankh is in the shape of our modern *T* with a loop attached at the top
to wear around the wrist or to hold in the hand by the staff as seen left.
Scholars believe the ankh may also symbolize the male and female genitalia of Osiris and Isis
as all life was thought to be generated from the union of the two.
７）water in rituals of purification
８）mirrors used for purposes of divination
In the shape of a mirror or a knot, the ankh is a symbol of life.
It was often carried by deities or people in a funeral procession,
or offered to the king as the breath of life.
９）the key to eternal life after death
It is usually held to the nose of the deceased king by the Gods torepresent
the breath of life given in the after-world.
The Ankh also resembles a key and is considered the key to eternal life after death.
The Ankh is defined as: The symbolic representation of both Physical and Eternal life.
It is known as the original cross,
which is a powerful symbol that was first created by Africans in Ancient Egypt.
（first updated 2004/08/26 2006/03/12)