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Gothic Ankh

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actual size: 2" h X 1&1/8"w

Artist Chris Bennett describes his Gothic style as "descending from a style originating in
15th century Germany called 'Middle Gothic.' The Gothic movement was a response to the repression
of Christianity and the movement had to develop underground: a pagan revival of sorts.
Many members of this 'Middle Gothic' movement were, then as now, Artists, Poets, Musicians and
Thinkers who questioned the paradigm that created their society. They used Paganism as
"a 'Sword of Illumination' to light the path through a world that is dark, asleep, and blind."
Mr. Bennett's designs are meant to be a Symbol to todays Goths for Self Empowerment and Solidarity.
The Ankh, with its looped top, is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph representing the Womb,
and, translated, means Life. It is a symbol found widely in Egyptian art, where gods
and goddesses are shown clutching the Ankh, the Key to the Afterlife and Immortality.
This symbol was also known as the "Key of the Nile:" which provided the desert with
Life Giving water further reinforcing the image of Fertility and Reproduction.
It symbolizes the ability for life to evolve and be successful and reminds us that life
on Earth is simply one aspect of Creation, and that we are all Eternal Beings.

An original desgn by Chris Benett for
Pepi and Company
© Joseph Masselli 2004

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