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Title: Egyptian Symbols


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  • Egyptian Symbols

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  • The Egyptian culture was rich in symbolism.
    Symbols were used for religious and magical
    purposes by both the living and the dead. Amulets
    were constructed to ward ofdanger or things of a
    negative nature. Talisman were used to bring
    desirable things to the owner.

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Sesen Lotus Flower
  • This is a symbol of the sun, of creation and
    rebirth. Because at night the flower closes and
    sinks underwater,at dawn it rises and opens
    again. According to one creation myth itwas a
    giant lotus which first rose out of the watery
    chaos at the beginning of time. From this giant
    lotus the sun itself rose on the first day. A
    symbol of Upper Egypt.

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  • The cobra Protection and symbol of Lower Egypt
    .The cobra symbolized the divine protection of
    the Pharaoh. Originally the cobra appeared on the
    red crown of Lower Egypt. When two Lands were
    united, their two crowns were also united. The
    red crown combined with the white crown of Upper
    Egypt to become the double crown.

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Ankh
  • Symbol of eternal life. The gods are often seen
    holding an to someones lips this is considered
    to be an offering of "The Breath of Life".

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  • The Egyptians believed that during creation this
    hill rose out of the sea of chaos to create dry
    land. The idea of this hill rising had a profound
    effect on the Egyptians, being used as every
    thing from temple layouts to the possible
    inspiration behind the pyramids.

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Pool of water.
  • The Egyptians portrayed bodies of water by means
    of equally spaced vertical wave lines.
  • When these lines are enclosed by a rectangle it
    denotes a lake or pool. The Egyptians believed
    water was the primeval matter from which all
    creation began.
  • Life in Egypts desert climate depended on water,
    and a pool of water would be a great luxury.
    There are many tomb paintings that show the
    deceased drinking from a pool in the afterlife.

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A Loop of Rope
  • A loop of rope that has no beginning and no end,
    it symbolized eternity. The sun disk is often
    depicted in the center of it. The shen also seems
    to be a symbol of protection.

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Was scepteris
  • This is a symbol of power and dominion. The Was
    scepteris carried by deities as a sign of their
    power.

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  • Symbol of Fertility, Motherhood Crescent- Among
    the most powerful of all lucky symbols, the
    crescent is especially lucky for young children
    and their mothers. In ancient Egypt, the crescent
    moon was the symbol of Isis, the Mother of the
    Gods.
  • As the Queen of Egypt, Isis was the protector of
    motherhood, women, and healer ofthe sick. She
    also rules magic.

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  • A Symbol of Protection, Wisdom and Health
    Designed to resemble the eye of a falcon, this
    symbol isalso called the Eye of Ra.
  • Horus, also known as the sungod Ra, was a
    falcon-headed sky god from ancient Egypt.He is
    associated with vitality, health and
    regeneration. Horus was the son of Osiris and
    Isis. His right eye waswhite, and represented the
    sun, and his left eye was black,and represented
    the moon.

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  • A Symbol of Creation, Strength and Transformation
    The Scarab personified the god, Khepri, a sun
    godassociated with resurrection. As such, the
    large wingedscarab and the heart scarab were
    considered good luckbeetles and placed on mummies
    for protection againstevil.

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