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Reinterpretations of the Ankh Symbol Part 2

Reinterpretations of the Ankh Symbol Part 2

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Part II of the Reinterpretation of the Ankh Series.
Part II of the Reinterpretation of the Ankh Series.

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Published by: Asar Imhotep on Mar 12, 2011
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 1 
R
EINTERPRETATIONS OF THE
A
NKH
S
YMBOL
P
ART
2
By Asar Imhotep
The MOCHA-Versity Institute of Philosophy and Research
 
luntu/lumtu/muntu
 
 2 
C
ONTENTS
 
 
 3 
I
NTRODUCTION
 
In part one of this series
1
we explored new interpretations for the meaning of the ancient Egyptian
anx
(ankh)
“life”
symbol
D
as an emblem for a master teacher or doctor (
nganga
). This wasestablished by examining various African languages and cultures who, to this day, still utilizes thissymbol and its associated terminology to represent various different aspects of 
life
. In this essay wewill expand our initial findings and present new data that will now help us to understand the initialshape of the
anx
and how it became associated with various different aspects of 
life
: especially the
breath of life
.
Many people have interpreted this sign to mean “life, eternal life, an utterance of life, etc.” All of 
these are viable, but as part one of this series has demonstrated, there is more to this emblem than
simply “life” as has been taught in the Egyptological literature. In regards to its shape, there are
various different interpretations as to what inspired the design. One interpretation is of the sunmoving across the horizon line:
C
. This interpretation doesn’t explain the vertical “leg” of the
image. Another explanation claims that the oval loop at the top of the
anx
is representative of a
woman’s womb and the vertical shaft is that of a male phallus. Together they unit 
e and thus
life
is
possible. This, however, doesn’t explain the vertical bars.
One interpretation exclaimed that eachletter in the word
anx
represented a word that related to each of the deities in the Ogdoad. Anarticle can be written alone on the errors in this interpretation. Another claim is that it isrepresentative of an Ethiopian
messob
table. This is a table used to serve food. An image can be seenbelow.Although the
messob
resembles the
anx
, it however doesn’t resemble
its unique characteristics inregards to the oval top and vertical shaft. Therefore, I do not find this correspondence tenable: plus
I doubt the Egyptians used a table to represent “man” as
anx
 
also means “man.”
NKWA
 Ancient Egyptian
ankhu
= manBudge 124B
1
 
See Asar Imhotep (2010) “Reinterpretations of the Ankh Symbol: Emblem of a Master Teacher.”

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