6. Lotus Symbol “Symbol of Rebirth & Purity”
The lotus symbol is considered to be a true icon in Egyptian Mythology and ancient Egyptian art. The flower a.k.a “Water lily” closes at night, sinks underwater then wakes up in the morning, that’s why it became a symbol of the sun, creation, and regeneration. The Ancient Egyptian Symbol Lotus has been associated with Atum-Ra the sun god as a giant lotus emerging from the primordial waters of Nun when the world was born and from which the sun god appeared. The cult of Osiris also used the symbol related to funeral imagery and with the deceased entering the underworld which symbolizes reincarnation. The symbol was commonly used in art to represent Upper Egypt. It was found in honored and sacred places all over Egypt, on the architecture of the capital tops of Egyptian pillars representing the Tree of Life, plus in the tombs, in Hieroglyphics, written in papyrus, found on thrones, and the headdresses of the divine pharaohs. Note: The Lotus Flower is an ancient Egyptian symbol of Purity, cleanliness, Enlightenment, Rebirth, and Regeneration. This ancient Egyptian symbol of the sun reflects the concepts of rebirth and creation such as the flowers closing and sinking underwater in the night and then raising again the sunshine.Like the sun that rises in the morning and sets in the evening, the lotus flower blooms in the day and closes each night. The lotus was a symbol of rebirth, the renewal of life and the promise of everlasting life. This vessel, which dates back to the 21st Dynasty – the Third Intermediate Period, was found in Tanis – Al-Sharqiyah Governorate, and is 38 cm in height. Many of the ancient Egyptian artifacts were made in the form of a lotus flower. Among these pieces is a vase belonging to King Psusennes I, which is displayed in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.