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Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Ankh - Life After Death and This Is It

Michael frequently used symbols in his clothing, such as 7's, crowns, stars, etc. One new symbol we see in This Is It is the Ankh, an Egyption symbol for "life". And not only just "life", but historically the Ankh appears frequently in Egyptian tomb paintings and other art, often at the fingertips of a god or goddess in images that represent the deities of the afterlife conferring the gift of life on the dead person's mummy - life after death.
In the photo stills from This Is It, we see Michael in two different jackets which both include the Ankh symbol:

Even the pose on the This Is It poster bears some resemblance to the Ankh symbol:
A related symbol in Egyptian hieroglyphics is the Djed, which is symbolized with a pillar. In a previous post I mentioned how it appears that MJ's hands in the TII poster are pushing against imaginary pillars.

If you want to take the Eqyptian theme even further, consider the goddess ISIS. ISIS is interesting because images of her hold an Ankh, and her name is within the context of the "This Is It" title. Michael's head is actually right below the "ISIS" in the movie poster.

Just some research on wikipedia will tell you that "Isis was instrumental in the resurrection of Osiris (her brother) when he was murdered by Set. Her magical skills restored his body to life after she gathered the body parts that had been strewn about the earth by Set.This myth became very important in later Egyptian religious beliefs."

On the MJHDI forum, a member named 2good2btrue discovered that during the funeral, the dancers have the ankh on their jackets:

Did Michael study Egyptian history and incorporate that into This Is It? He does have a precedent of incorporating Egyptian images into video, so one more thing for us to ponder...


  1. WOW WOW WOW SC - that is amazing.
    Thank you for pointing this out.

    I also wonder if it is the Ankh which is on the back of MJ's black coat when he was standing with Orianthi when they were performing Black and White (I think it was that song anyway - I need the DVD soon to remind me)

  2. Awesome, this is very interesting...
    Michael and Egyptian culture. Check this out :-)


  3. Interesting about the ankh. What's also interesting are the parallels of the show LOST and MJ. LOST uses a lot of egyptian symbols, i.e. the ankh, statues. They also focus on "eyes" quite a bit. And people that die on the series aren't actualy "dead". :)

  4. well,you know Michael loves to read and before all this,he acual wanted to go back to school to

    Good Find *thumbs up*


  5. The ankhs completely escaped my notice. I officially feel like an idiot.

  6. Me too. I thought they looked like Celtic Crosses. All this Egyptian symbolism goes way over my head. MJ is too clever for me!

  7. Update: I watched a program on the BBC tonight called "Elvis In Vegas". We were told that Elvis used to wear three necklaces. A Christian cross/crucifix, a Jewish star and guess what, an Egyptian ankh. Elvis said he didn't want to miss out on Heaven on a technicality. On a separate point, one of the production groups on this program was called "Isis Productions". You can see this program on BBC iplayer.

  8. Goodness me, and I thought I was reading too much into all the symbols. Thanks guys for at least reading my posts, and seeing the ankh L.O.V.E 2good2btrue

  9. About the Ankh-sign and MJ, there is a long explanation to give. The same with the chain of infinity in " Remember the Time".

  10. And did you know that the name of the Roman festival of Isis is called "Carrus Navalis" which some believe is where the modern word "Carnival" came from... and we all know life is a carnival!

  11. A mi me parece que esto de los simbolos egipcios no tiene nada de malo, su significado tampoco.
    Es fascinante, también los usaria en mi ropa y no creo que el que me conoce me catalogue de satanica. Si inventan!

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