Crux Ansata: The ankh is a cross with a handle. It was the hierglyphic character the Egyptians used to represent life, and it may have been the first symbol of eternal life. To Christians, however, it is considered pagan because Egyptian gods are often portrayed carrying an ankh or two. It became extremely popular in the 1960s as a sign of free thought, and almost an antidote for hard-line Christianity. Read the verse that is on this headstone and ask yourself whether it makes sense as a companion to the ankh: "My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant amazement." El Camino Memorial Park.