Thursday, February 16, 2012

Symbols - From King Tut to Jesus

King Tutankhamun aka King Tut's Coffin Mask. This mask is solid gold and weighs 800 lbs. 

King Tut is depicted holding a flail and a shepherd's crook.
I don't think King Tut was a farmer of any sort.

Since a king is responsible for his people and their well-being the choice to have King Tut featured with a flail and crook is to illustrate that he provides for his people. The flail is a symbol of providing wheat, aka food, and the crook illustrates that he provides meat for his people and is a leader. 

This same symbolism is later adopted by Christianity to help tell the story of Jesus. Since most people were illiterate missionaries depended on common and understandable symbols to convey the stories of Christ. 

- Grace

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