Origin of ankhEgypt, life, soul
A cross shaped like a T with a loop at the top, especially as used in ancient Egypt as a symbol of life. Also called ansate cross .
Origin of ankhEgyptian 'n&hlowbrev; life
- A cross shaped like a T with a loop at the top, the Egyptian hieroglyph representing the Egyptian triliteral ˤnḫ (“life”) and often used as an amulet or charm for this concept.
- Ancient Egypt's hieroglyphic ankh originally symbolized regeneration before it absorbed the more Christian association of eternal life.
- The ancient Egyptian obsession with the afterlife is also quite intriguing, filled with magical amulets like the Ankh and the scarab.
- The emblems in the suit of swords are based on the Egyptian crux ansata (a symbol more commonly known as the ankh and looped cross).
- Among the vast amounts of mythology associated with the ankh are regeneration, eternal life, conception, strength and health.
- He has the head of a jackal, a man's body, carries a stick and an ankh, and symbolizes protection from death.