Egyptians - The Lotus
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Ancient Egypt - The Lotus Amulet Fact Sheet
Fact 1: The Lotus was worn as a protective talisman by both the living and the deceased.
Fact 2: Meaning of the Lotus: To the ancient Egyptians the Lotus symbolized the sun, creation, rebirth and was a symbol of Upper Egypt. The lotus later became the symbol of the goddess Isis, representing the virtues of chastity in young girls and fertility in married women.
Fact 3: Common images of this iconic symbol of Egypt depicts the lotus being held by gods and goddesses towards the nose of royal kings, queens and Pharaohs as its scent was considered restorative and protective.
Fact 4: The Lotus flower featured in the ancient Egyptian creation myth. The lotus (or water lily) emerged from of original silt and the creator was born from the chalice of the lotus flower.
Fact 5: The lotus amulet was placed on mummies to ward off evil spirits.
Fact 6: Wearing the lotus amulet was believed to bring good luck
Fact 7: The Ancient Egyptians believed that the scent of the lotus had a divine origin and it was used in rituals, cosmetics, medicine and scented ointments.
Fact 8: There are numerous images in the vignettes illustrating the lotus in different versions of the Book of the Dead in which the deceased are shown smelling lotus blossoms to help restore the senses.
Fact 9: A Talisman or an amulet can be described as a religious object consisting of a stone or other small item, often inscribed or carved with magical inscriptions, magic signs, magic symbols, formula or sacred text.
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