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In Egypt Ankh meant "life" and "hand Mirror". The Ankh was derived from the Mirror of Hathor, a symbol that came from primitive Phoenician images of the Goddess. Pharaohs and Egyptian deities were shown carrying the ankh as a symbol of the promise of eternal life. the ankh was also called the Key of the Nile, because it represented the union of Isis and Osiris, a fertile union that mystically produced the annual flooding of the Nile, so essential to the life of Egypt.

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