Quiz on Religious Symbols – Part 5: Egyptian
Posted on: December 22, 2021.


This religion has an amazingly eclectic collection of symbols!
“Glyph Up or Graph Out”, with our Egyptian Religious Symbols quiz.
The Ankh—an ancient hieroglyphic symbol from Egypt's Early Dynastic Period (3150–2613 BC)—is shaped like a cross with a teardrop–shaped loop at the top—theorized to have originated from the belt buckle of Goddess Isis—and represents 'eternal mortal life' for which it is also called "__________".





The Djed—'jed' with a silent 'd'—appears as a tapering column with a broad base that narrows as it rises—crossed at the top by four horizontal parallel lines—which symbolizes __________ and is believed to be the backbone of Osiris—Egyptian God of Death, Afterlife, and the Underworld.





The __________ is a staff with a forked bottom whose top variously changes depending on which deity is holding it—in the case of Ptah, the Egyptian God of Creation, it combined the Ankh, the Djed, the Sceptre itself, and a circle—which symbolizes unity, completeness by the number 4, and kingship.





The __________ or Horus Behdety—'badetti'—is among the ancient world's oldest symbols, considered to be the syncretized representation of Behdety—god of the midday sun—and Horus—god of the skies—which symbolizes kingship, power, the flight of the soul, and divinity.





__________ Egypt is represented by "Deshret"—a Red Crown—while "Hedjet"—a White Crown—is for __________ Egypt, and "Pshent"—redandwhite Double Crown—for a __________ Egypt. A Blue Crown worn by the king in battle evokes the power of the __________ and the __________ through its colour.





"Ben-Ben" is easily the most recognized symbol of Egypt—after the Ankh—in its form of the pyramid—although unfamiliar by name—represents the rise of __________ heavenward, and symbolizes creation and eternity—the first appearance of dry land in a chaotic world of only dark waters.





Another easily-recognized Egyptian symbol-pair is that of the __________ and __________ originally attributed to the deity Osiris, and insignia of pharaonic authority. While the "Heka"—shepherd's crook—symbolizes kingship, the "Nek Hakha"—flail—does for fertility of the land.





Familiarized by the film The Mummy (1999), the "Scarab" or __________ is a famous image ubiquitous in Egyptian art and iconography, associated with the gods, as it rolled dung into a ball and laid its eggs in it, which served as food for the young when they hatched—symbolic of life emerging from death.





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