To ansate: Not all Christians lopped off the loop.
I, being quasi-goth
, was shocked to recently see my Arabic
teacher, a little old lady
of the first calibre and firmly Christian
, wearing a rather nice silver
ankh. I spent the hour-and-a-half lesson concocting lengthy daydream
s on how she was a member of some secret cult
; but when I finally asked her about it, the truth turned out to be far more mundane.
My teacher, it seemed, had travelled extensively in the Middle East
- as one would expect. Apparently, the Ankh is a major symbol of the Copt
ic church, used in much of the same symbolic contexts as the cross
is in, say, the Catholic
churches. The ankh was given to her by a Copt friend in Lebanon