crux ansata


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crux ansata

(ænˈseɪtə)
n, pl cruces ansatae (ænˈseɪtiː)
(Heraldry) another term for ankh
[New Latin, literally: cross with a handle]
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By many it has been believed to be identical with the crux ansata of the ancient phallic worship, but it has been traced even beyond all that we know of that, to the rites of primitive peoples.
The early Christians used symbols such as the pagan trident, the crux ansata inherited from the Egyptians, the X cross and Tau cross to deter identification and possible persecution by the Romans.
The tau cross with a circle at the top, the crux ansata, was common to various Egyptian deities, including Isis and Osiris.