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Phoenix. This mythical bird was first described by Hesiod in the 8th century BC

Phoenix. This mythical bird was first described by Hesiod in the 8th century BC


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Phoenix. This mythical bird was first described by Hesiod in the 8th century BC

Phoenix. This mythical bird was first described by Hesiod in the 8th century BC. Only one phoenix could exist at any one time. As a phoenix neared the end of its life, it would make a nest of aromatic branches and spices, before setting it on fire. From the ashes or the midst of the flames, a new phoenix would emerge. The ancient Eygptians linked the phoenix myth with their cultures longing for immortality, while Clement of Rome was the first Christian to interpret the myth as an allegory of the ressurection and of life after death. In Chinese mythology, the phoenix is the symbol of virtue, grace, power and prosperity, and it represents the union of yin and yang

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Flames Immortal Immortality Legend Longevity Myth Mythical Being Mythological Creature Mythology Resurrection Rising Symbol Union Winged Yang Phoenix


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This print showcases the legendary phoenix, a mythical bird steeped in ancient folklore. Described by Hesiod in the 8th century BC, the phoenix holds a unique place in various cultures and mythologies across time. The image captures the essence of this mythical creature's story. As it nears the end of its life cycle, the phoenix constructs a nest using aromatic branches and spices before setting it ablaze. From within the midst of flames or ashes, a new phoenix emerges, symbolizing rebirth and renewal. Throughout history, different civilizations have attached profound meanings to this majestic creature. The ancient Egyptians associated the phoenix with their yearning for immortality. In Christian interpretation, Clement of Rome saw it as an allegory for resurrection and life after death. In Chinese mythology, where yin and yang play crucial roles, the phoenix represents virtue, grace, power, and prosperity while embodying harmony between opposing forces. Its presence signifies longevity and immortality. This remarkable print from Science Photo Library not only captures the visual beauty of this mythological being but also serves as a reminder of humanity's fascination with legends that explore themes such as resurrection, union of opposites (yin-yang), immortality aspirations, and eternal cycles - concepts that continue to captivate our imaginations throughout generations.

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