Symbols I: Ancient Egyptian Symbols in Mythology & Religion
What you'll learn
- Ancient Egyptian Symbols, Symbolism and its link to Mythology, Religion, and Cult
- No prior knowledge is required. The course will introduce the terminology step by step and then use examples to make the connection between symbol and myth.
SYMBOLS I: Ancient Egyptian Symbols in Mythology, Religion and Cult
The symbols of Ancient Egypt have always fascinated us. The gigantic pyramids and the sometimes almost alien-looking representations that we can see on the pharaohs' tomb and temple walls or artifacts in the museum have a unique attraction. When we take a closer look at some ancient Egyptian artifacts, we often wonder what their sometimes strange shape might mean.
This course is about symbols, those signs used in religion, mythology, and cult. Together we will look at well-known but also less well-known concepts and their visualization.
Perhaps there will be some signs that you already know. Some, however, you may never have heard of. The following overview is only a selection of individual areas of life in which powerful symbols were used. In any case, I will try to offer you a wide variety of topics:
The Unification of the Two Lands
Smiting the Enemy
The Breaking of the Red Pots
The Imiut Fetish
The Symbolism of the Shen Ring
The Eye of Horus / the Eye of Ra
I will provide you with important information on each of these selected symbols and symbolic actions. There is then a corresponding summary for each section in the workbook that you can download as a PDF. Besides, I prepared some assignments for you with interesting questions that you are free to solve if you wish.
I look forward to welcoming you as a student in my course!
Who this course is for:
- People who are interested in an intensive study of the deep mysticism of ancient Egyptian symbols and want to know more than the general information.
Hello and welcome to my Teaching Channel. My name is Peggy, and I live in Germany. I have a university diploma in Legal Studies (academic grade: Magistra iuris) and a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Egyptology from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (academic grade: Master of Arts).
During my archaeological excavations in Egypt, I was able to gain a lot of experience, which gave me important insights into life and world view of the ancient Egyptians. Sometimes it is not so much the large spectacular finds but rather the tiny fragments that amaze me as a scientist. These great people's legacies, which had their golden age in antiquity, are overwhelming in number. Much still lies hidden in the sand. But the storerooms of museums and excavation expeditions are also packed to the ceiling. We will probably spend several hundred years evaluating the finds at all. Egyptologists and people who are interested in the history of ancient Egypt still have a lot to do.
Therefore, I would like to pass on my knowledge to you to go on your own search for answers to the riddles which the ancient Egyptians have given us. Let us go together virtually on this journey, which should provide quite a lot of room for open discussions.