Ark:

“In the Judeo-Christian scriptures there are many "arks,” but to find them one must know the Hebrew letters. Yet, it is not exclusively a Western symbol, as variations of the sacred vessel occur in every religion.“

"The Ark is the sacred Argha of the Hindus, and thus the relation in which it stands to Noah’s ark may be easily inferred when we learn that the Argha was an oblong vessel, used by the high priests as a sacrificial chalice in the worship of Isis, Astarte, and Venus-Aphrodite, all of whom were goddesses of the generative powers of nature, or of matter – hence representing symbolically the Ark containing the germs of all living things.” 

 – H.P. Blavatsky (“Isis Unveiled,” Vol. II., p. 444.)“