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Bestiary Phoenix The bird Phoenix is an object of praise by men since the beginning of civilization. The magnificent animal is found in the Persian, Egyptian, Greco-Roman and Jewish mythologies, among others. The Phoenix is a bird with red and yellow feathers, usually depicted as a bird of prey, but can also be seen as a flaming peacock. The bird is a powerful animal. Even though it is portrayed as having the size of an eagle, the creature could fly even with elephants in its claws. Its tears were another power of this animal, since they had the ability to heal any wound or illness. The Phoenix could also cover its body with fire, so, when it flew in flames in the middle of the day, some perceived its brightness as being the sun itself. But the main reason for such praise for this animal is its immortality. According to Hesiod, the bird lived nine times longer than a crow, something around 500 years. And, when it realized that its end was near, the Phoenix made a nest of cinnamon, sage and myrrh and burned itself, leaving only ashes behind. From that pile of ashes a new Phoenix was born, one that gathered the remaining ashes of the bird that preceded it, placing them in an egg of myrrh, which was taken to Egypt, to the city of Heliopolis, and placed on the altar of the sun. Its ashes could bring the dead back to life. The Phoenix’s myth of immortality was so powerful that the young and eccentric Roman Emperor Elagabalus wanted to eat a Phoenix to become immortal. His servants looked for the animal and could not find anything. To avoid coming back empty- handed, they served the Emperor with a bird from the paradise. Nonetheless the meat of the bird from the paradise does not provide the power of immortality. Taking into account that the ruler was killed by the Praetorian Guard only two years after eating the delicacy. The myth of the Phoenix may have weakened in terms of importance during some periods of our history. But, like the mythological bird, its symbolism has always managed to be renewed. In our pop culture we can see the bird in works like: Harry Potter and The Order of The
Phoenix, The Phoenix is up to this day a universal symbol of rebirth and the beginning of a new cycle.