Egyptian Symbols

The Egyptian culture is often deemed as one of the most influential, advanced, and innovating civilizations in world history. Its detailed mythology, religion, organization, and society were at the peak of advancement during the ancient Egyptian era. The Egyptians were very well versed in their understanding of communication, as they had their own spoken language as well as written, otherwise known as hieroglyphics. As hieroglyphics were a very important aspect of the Egyptian culture, it also transcended further into the innovation of Egyptian symbols. The Egyptian symbols were very prominent in society, specifically in terms of religion and hierarchy, as these symbols usually depicted gods, pharaohs, divine beings, or the characteristics of them. Egyptian symbols symbolized more than the divine figures of the time, but rather also symbolized their advanced way of thought, and furthermore their ability to explain an entire thought in a single symbol.

Some of the most famous Egyptians symbols have been seen in pop culture in present day. Through various movies that have been made, authentic Egyptian symbols are a must when attempting to provide an accurate environment of ancient Egypt. Some of the most famous and well-known symbols are the Ankh, Amenta, Ba, Scarab, and the Feather of Maat. Each symbol consisting of its own intrinsic meaning, represent a piece of culture about the Egyptian civilization. The Ankh is used to show eternal life of gods, and if held to someone's lips it is supposed to represent a new breath of life. The Amenta is a symbol that depicts the underworld, as it was used to designate an area for the dead. The Ba is best described as a symbol to describe a personality of an individual. The scarab, also known as the dung beetle, represents the sun as it rolls across the sky, just as the beetle rolls dung. And lastly is the Feather of Maat, which is often seen as one of the most complimentary symbols, as it is used to describe truth, justice, mortality, and balance. The Maat was also located on the Pharaohs crown, as it symbolized the pharaoh's noble personality. As the pharaoh would pass away, the Maat would either work two ways, in which it would be passed down to the next pharaoh, or it would be lost in the underworld forever. The Egyptian culture held great pride and put exponential amount of thought into their symbol system.