Thanks for your reply. I'm justing trying to get a feel for how the "keys of life" are used in the Coptic Church. So it is not used in Church buildings but it is used as a private or individual religious symbol? Would a Coptic wear it on a necklace instead of a Cross?
Thanks for your help,
Keys of life are NOT used at all in the Coptic Church, they have no orthodox meaning nor do they have any religious meaning as far as being sanctified by the Coptic Church. It is NOT closely or remotely connected to the dogmas or the Tradition.
A Coptic Orthodox usually wears a cross, with Christ crucified or just the sign. Many would have a small blue cross tatoo on their wrists for commemorating a historical era outside the scope of our discussion. They would never tatoo a key of life nor would they have neckless of it for religious reason. By the way, wearing a cross around the neck has also a close connection to the persecution eras in Egypt.
So, having established the fact that the Key of life has NO relation to the Coptic Church as far as dogma, rites, Tradition, prayer, and I repeat NO relation whatsoever, I have to say that many might have one as to represent the Pharaohnic culture and civilization. It is like having a statue of Nefrtari or Tunt Ank Amon in your living room or a "papyrus" paper with some pharaonic letters and drawing on it. Even muslims in Egypt, who are aware of their old egyptian heritage and in whom this roots are not totally dodged by arab culture, would have it. It is more cultural rather than religious.
the reference to the coptic site is not a text or a dogma or a confession of faith, but the author of the article on the geocities group refered to what he perceived as an angel depicted on the form of a "key of life". I am not sure I see the same resemblence. All angels and saints in the Coptic Church are depicted with a hall of light around their head, as a sign of sainthood.
The Coptic Church has been influenced by the state of the art at the time of St.Mark preached Christianity and there is an influence of the Pharaonic culture in the icons and in the hymns, but not the dogma or beliefs.