Mythology Themes - The Phoenix

Mythology Themes- - listen Every 500 years when death approached the phoenix would construct a nest of wood that smelled sweet and set it on fire

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The Phoenix Throughout Mythology A common item that is repeated throughout mythological studies is the phoenix. The story of the phoenix is that the phoenix is a red colored bird who emits rays of sunlight. When he dies, a new-born phoenix emerges fully-grown from its body and then encases its dead parent in an egg of myrrh and conveys it to the great Egyptian temple of the Sun in Heliopolis. This story and reference of the phoenix has been used throughout many mythologies including greek, egyptian and roman. (Theoi Greek Mythology) In greek mythology the phoenix’s story is that he lived in Arabia, near a cool well. Every morning at sunrise, the phoenix would immerse itself in the cool well-water and sing delightful songs that the sun god liked so much, he would stop his chariot to
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Unformatted text preview: listen. Every 500 years, when death approached, the phoenix would construct a nest of wood that smelled sweet and set it on fire. The flames would consume the phoenix and from the ashes a new phoenix would arise and wrap up the ashes of its predecessor in a parcel of myrrh. It would then fly the ashes to Heliopolis, which was the “City of the Sun.” (Phoenix Mythology) In Egyptian myth, the legend is the same except the phoenix would deposit the ashes on the altar of Ra, the sun god. The phoenix was known as Bennu in Egyptian mythology and represented the sunrise and the rise of life. This translated to announcements of new periods of prosperity and fertility. The phoenix was also depicted as a “heron on the sarcophagi of the dead.” (Phoenix Mythology)...
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2012 for the course MATHS 250 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '12 term at American University of Sharjah.

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