Friday, November 28, 2008
The PHOENIX, according to legend, was a bird which died in a fire but came our of the flames alive. In ancient Egypt the phoenix was connected with the worship of the sun and the search for life after death. It was like a large eagle, with red and gold feathers. It lived for hundreds or even thousands of years. But when its death near, it built a nest of the scented branches of trees and spices. It then sang a beautiful, haunting and sad song, and fanned the nest until it burst into flames. The phoenix died in the fire it had made, but from the flames and the ashes came a new phoenix which would live for many years.