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The Egyptian Civilization, the Greek Civilization, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Indian, the Aztec, the Persian, the Assyrian and even the Jewish one respected this creature very much and they referred to Phoenix using several names but always as the Bird of the Sun and Fire, magnificent , wise and beautiful!
Most scholars believe that the very first civilization who stated about the Phoenix is the Egyptians, where he is referred as the Bennu / Benu bird (a heron like bird), the Soul of Ra. The moment where all Creation starts is when the Bennu bird stood on the Pyramid or the Primeval Mount (Primeval Island), which was evoked from the Eternal Waters. According to the Egyptian Theology, Bennu bird perched a bit on the Pyramid and then he started singing. The voice of the Phoenix was the Cosmic starting Point. In Egyptian “Book of the Dead” the Phoenix himself states that “I’m made from the material of Gods”. And the Egyptians really respected that, especially the cult of Ra, Osiris and Horus. The Phoenix is also referred by the Egyptians the Ascending one and the Lord of the Jubilees.
However, the word Phoenix is a Greek one, Φοίνιξ, and it comes from the word “φοινός” which actually means the Crimson Red, he who has the color of blood. The Phoenix for the Greeks (& Romans) was an eagle like Bird with a colorful plumage tail, associated with the God Apollo and his cult. In the Greek variation of the myth, the Phoenix is the bird of the Sun living for many, many years (400, 500, 1000 years depends on the myth).
Herodotus, the great ancient Greek historian noted: “They have also another sacred bird called the phoenix which I myself have never seen, except in pictures. because they are quite infrequent visitors to the country, even in Egypt, only coming there (according to the accounts of the people of Heliopolis) once in 500 years, when the old phoenix dies. …the plumage is partly red, partly golden, while the general make and size are almost exactly that of the eagle. … that he comes all the way from Arabia, and brings the parent bird, all plastered over with myrrh, to the temple of the Sun, and there buries the body. …, he first forms a ball of myrrh as big as he finds that he can carry; then he hollows out the ball, and puts his parent inside, after which he covers over the opening with fresh myrrh, and the ball is then of exactly the same weight as at first; so he brings it to Egypt, plastered over as I have said, and deposits it in the temple of the Sun.
Phoenix is associated with the Hindu God Vishnu, one of the three Greatest Gods, the Trimurti. Vishnu’s Vehicle/Vessel is Garunda, a bird looking like Phoenix, but Phoenix in recent scholars is also associated with the God Surya, the Sun God.
In alchemy the Phoenix symbolizes the Global ressurection of life and the best outcome of a procedure. Phoenix is associated with the Red color in alchemy.
Phoenix is a symbol used by many hermetic orders such as the Masons, the Freemasons and the Rosicrucians.