Ancient Egyptian Symbols

Ancient Egyptian Symbols

Ancient Egypt was famous with many myths as well as vastly different meanings for various symbols throughout Egypt's history. These symbols evolve over time as old ideas became incorporated into new myths or gods. Thus,many people from all over the world know many Egyptian symbols when they see them. They seem almost magical and people are captivated by their beauty, the most important symbols in ancient Egypt were:.

Ankh: One of the most famous and used symbols of ancient Egypt and the world. It is a cross with a looped top which, besides the concept of life, also symbolized eternal life.

Wedjat: the Eye of Horus represents healing, protection, good health, and royal power, it’s the most famous of ancient Egyptian symbols.

Was Sceptre: was one of the most important Egyptian Symbols Was scepter was the symbol of power in ancient Egyptian culture also represented the dominion of gods and According to what the ancient Egyptians believe it also ensured the continuance of a king’s prosperity, The ‘Was Sceptre’ has a straight shaft, a crooked handle in the shape of an animal head and a forked base The crooked top of the staff mirrors the strange animal shape of Set’s own head.

Djed: is a column with a broad base narrowing as it rises to a capital and crossed by four parallel lines. Known as “The Backbone of god Osiris”, it represents strength and stability and linked with resurrection and Osiris god of the underworld.

Shen: is a circle of rope, knotted, to form an unbroken, circle symbolizing completeness, infinity, and serving as protection. The name comes from the Egyptian word for 'encircle.' Shen amulets were frequently worn for protection

The crook (heka) and flail (nekhakha) were originally the attributes of god Osiris that became emblems of royal authority. The flail (known as the nekhakha) was rod attached with three beaded strands. The crook “Heka” means “to rule” and considered a symbol for royal power and dominion.

The scarab is the famous beetle image seen in Egyptian art and iconography. The dung beetle was associated with God Ra in n the morning, because it rolled dung into a ball in which it laid its eggs; the dung served as food for the young when they hatched. In this way, life came from death.

There are many other symbols; The bennu bird, for example, was the model for the Greek phoenix, and symbolized resurrection. The white ostrich feather symbolized the goddess Ma'at but also the concept of balance and truth she stood for. The Tree of Life stood for knowledge, purpose, and destiny. Snakes and serpents represented transformation and change. The cobra uraeus was a protective image, associated early with the goddess Wadjet, the cobra became the sign of kings and was worn on the uraeus, the royal headdress.

Key of LifeEye of Horusgod Osiris with the crook and the flail Shen symbol of Eternity scarab BettleDjed symbol of stabilityking Tutankhamen crook and flail