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Icon Tattoo
(503) 232-3197
119 Se Main St Ste 201
Portland, OR
 
Lady Luck Tattoo Studio
(503) 236-2833
523 Se Morrison St
Portland, OR
 
Sea Tramp Tattoo Co
(503) 231-9784
207 Se Grand Ave
Portland, OR
 
Sea Tramp Tattoo Co
(503) 231-9784
207 Se Grand Ave
Portland, OR
 
The Jade Mermaid Tattoo Parlor
(503) 841-5535
1541 W. Burnside St.
Portland, OR
 
Lady Luck Tattoo Studio
(503) 236-2833
611 Se Morrison St
Portland, OR
 
A 21st Century Studio of Tattoo and Body Piercing
(800) 231-9915
1520 Se 7Th Avenue
Portland, OR
 
Colorbomb Tattoo Studio
(503) 234-7667
800 E Burnside St
Portland, OR
 
Pearl District Tattoo
(503) 241-4713
1255 Nw 9th Ave Apt 13
Portland, OR
 
Dermigraphics Tattooing
(503) 224-8416
1017 Sw Morrison St
Portland, OR
 

Ankh tattoos

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Ankh Tattoo Designs - To the ancient Egyptians, the ankh symbol -- a hieroglyph - meant 'Life'. Egyptologists still puzzle over the precise origin of this sign from the ancient world. The ankh is a fascinating hybrid of two nearly universal symbols, ones found in many cultures all over the world, the cross and the circle. The shape of the ankh suggests the sunrise, with the loop depicting the sun rising over the horizon, symbolized by the crossbar, with the vertical line representing the path of the sun. One theory holds that its unique shape represents the male and female gods, Osiris and Isis. The cross stood for the male phallus and testicles, while the oval signified the womb. The joining together of the cross and the circle represents the union of heaven and earth. The ankh has also been called the 'belt-buckle' of Isis. Also, the 'sandal strap', if you can visualize loop around the ankle. The ankh also symbolized the water used in purification rituals. Metal mirrors were sometimes shaped like the ankh sign, perhaps reflecting the belief that life and death mirror each other. It was also worn as an amulet for magical protection.

Many of the gods of ancient Egypt that were carved and painted in tombs and temples were shown holding the ankh, along with the sceptre. One such painting shows Isis holding the ankh sign in front of the mummy of a deceased member of the royal family. This gesture was believed to symbolize the breath of life eternal. With the passage of time, the ankh came to symbolize life-giving water and air, and the power of the universe.

When the Egyptian era was eclipsed by the Christian in the Middle-East, the pagan ankh was adapted by the Egyptian Copts as their own unique crux ansata (cross with a handle). It became the crucifix symbol in the Coptic Church, representing the hope of future life and resurrection, and at the same time acknowledging the link to previous religions and beliefs of Egypt. In later years, it came to be known as the Egyptian Cross and the 'key of life', its key-like shape inspiring the belief that it could unlock the gates of death.

Today the ankh is a favourite with Neo-pagan spiritual groups. This ancient symbol is sometimes blended with theological concepts and appears as such in the sacred seal in the occult world. Its unique and dramatic shape, its history, and its association with life, death, and the hereafter, have made it popular in the world of fantasy fiction,...

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