The ankh was the ancient Kemetic symbol for life. It represented the unification of the feminine and masculine forces in the universe and the creation of new life. It portrayed both the physical and spiritual aspects of life. Symbolically, the oval represents the womb, the vertical shaft depicts the phallus and the horizontal bar expresses the coming into existence of a new life, resulting from the union of man and woman.
The cross is a symbol common to Christianity. During the Middle Ages, the cross was a symbol of the Christian belief in the resurrection of jesus the Christ. Much later, Christians began to emphasize the death and suffering of Jesus and portrayed his image on crucifixes. A crucifix is a cross with an image of the dying Jesus
- Within the Ipet Isut there is an interesting statue which shows King Thutmose III standing between images of Mut and Amon-Ra. This statue was one of many structures defaced during the conquest of Kemet by the Christians.
- The upper and lower body parts of Mut and Amon-Ra were strategically chiseled away so as to form a crucifix.
The Romans, like the Greeks before them, saw great value in the civilization of Kemet and incorporated those elements most easily discernable into their culture. Egypt’s greatest gift to Rome was her ability to supply unlimited food to her mighty army. During this period, Egypt was referred to as the “Bread Basket of the Roman Empire.” But in the final analysis it was not the Roman army that ultimately brought Egypt to her knees and destroyed her, it was the newly emerging religion of Christianity, From its earliest beginnings, Christianity was embraced more readily in Egypt than anywhere else worldwide, primarily because of its similarity to the ancient religion of Kemet. Coptic which became the official language of the early Christians, is essentially nothing more than the language of Kemet (hieroglyphs) written in Greek Letters.