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A picture showing the legend of ANKH taken from our Egyptian mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Egyptian Gods, Egyptian Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

The ever-popular Egyptian symbol of life

This is the logo brandished by so many Gods and not a few people with New Age tendencies. It represents not only existence but life's energy, fulfillment and progress — both here and in the afterlife. In other words it's not so much the symbol of life as the symbol of living.

The ANKH's origins are shrouded in secrecy and mummified in mystery. Some authorities believe it represents the strap of an Egyptian sandal — for 'get up and go' energy. It may be a symbolic knot, a key, a human figure, or a representation of the sun's progress across the sky. There are also sexual connotations, but we try to avoid fetishism.

Perhaps the true answer is that it means whatever you want it to mean. And that could explain why the ANKH is as popular today as it was thousands of years ago.

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Article last updated on 28 December 2012
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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Name : ANKH
Location : Ancient Egypt
Gender : Sorry, we don't know
Type : Other
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 559

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