The Ankh for the ancient Egyptians was the symbol (the actual Hieroglyphic sign) of life but it is a persistent icon that remains with us even today as a Christian cross.
An old theory holds that the ankh was the symbol of the rising sun, with the loop representing the sun rising above the horizon, which is represented by the crossbar. The lower vertical section to the cross bar is then the path of the sun.
Others say it symbolized the key turned on the annual flooding of the Nile. Some say it was the key to eternal life. Even today, nobody really knows. In essence, the Egyptian symbol is supposed to represent life. This is why many ancient Egyptian deities were represented with the symbol of the Ankh in their hands representing life.
The loop of the Ankh is held by the gods. It is associated with Isis and Osiris in the dynastic period. The loop of the Ankh also represents the feminine discipline, while the elongated section represent the masculine discipline.
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