The Knife Talisman
Throughout history, the knife
plays a significant role in some cultures, especially as the knife was an essential tool for that helped the early man is his survival. In those times, In Egypt, it was not only a practical tool and weapon but also a magical tool for ritual and protection. Knife symbols can be found in various cultures to symbolize defense, to keep away nightmares and for protection during childbirth.
In ancient Egypt, the knife was a symbol of protection and strength. The preferred ritual knife was the ancient flint knife - des
. Knives appear frequently in representations of the Egyptian otherworld. They are used in slaying the enemies of the deceased and smoothing the passage through the land of the dead. Several protective deities, such as Bes and Taweret were often shown armed with knives. Guardians of the gates of the underworld were also shown bearing knives.
The knife was also a part of lunar symbology. The crescent moon was imagined to be a knife wielded by the God of the Moon, Thoth
. Thoth was said to be the destroyer of evil-doers, with the crescent moon as his weapon.
Harmful beings and malevolent creatures such as scorpions and snakes were often depicted cut with knives to render them powerless.