Egyptian ~ Sacred cow The Apis bull was a sacred bull, an actual animal picked yearly from the temple herd, that had no blemishes. They were sacrificed on a yearly basis and the corpses were mummified and buried with honors in a tomb.
Ankh symbol in Egyptian hieroglyphs at the Temple of Kom-Ombo. Its meaning represents aspects of life itself, such as "zest for life", "eternal life", or "future life". The ankh was associated with water, the sustainer of all life.