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phoenix rising

shadowlea

Wauchope, Australia

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The phoenix has long been presented as a symbol of rebirth, immortality, and renewal..

The phoenix or firebird originated in ancient mythology and has gone through a variety of representations in art/literature

Originally, the phoenix was identified by the Egyptians as a stork or heron-like bird called a benu, known from the Book of the Dead and other Egyptian texts as one of the sacred symbols of worship at Heliopolis, closely associated with the rising sun and the Egyptian sun-god Ra.

The Greeks subsequently pictured the bird more like a peacock or an eagle and identified it with their own word phoenix (Φοίνιξ), meaning the color purple-red or crimson (cf. Phoenicia) or a palm tree. According to the Greek mythology the phoenix lived in Phoenicia (Lebanon) next to a well. At dawn, it bathed in the water of the well, and the Greek sun-god Helios stopped his chariot (the sun) in order to listen to its song

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_(mythology)

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