From what I hear, 2016 is the year of the Fire Monkey. But today we are going over a different creature whose life revolves around the flame.
The Phoenix is one of few mythological creatures whose physical description is similar in all cultures. It is a bird whose feathers are that of fire and sunlight, flying through the skies with such beauty. The only difference is what bird it’s similar to. In some cases it has real feathers and looks like a peacock, in others is an eagle on fire.
- Able to be reborn from the ashes of its death
- Healing abilities reside in their tears
- Causes people within the vicinity to be unable to lie
Very little is known about the habitat of the Phoenix, but they do create a nest for when they are to be reborn so the ashes wont be swept away by the wind.
Out of all of the research I’ve done on this creature, my favorite to share is the Egyptian interpretation of the Phoenix, called the Bennu. A great page I’ve found with some parts of the tale is here, describing it as the sacred bird of Heliopolis. There are also tales of it being the representation of the soul of Osiris, and the bird has burst out of his chest upon his death.
The Phoenix is the ultimate representation of rebirth and renewal. As the saying goes, you rise from the ashes, a symbolism used more often than you can imagine.
For your Monster Cheat Sheet
Type: Elemental Beast
Possible Origins: Egypt
Best Seen In: Harry Potter
As you can see the Fantasy Friday posts are going to be a little different, when it comes to creatures. I was wondering what do you think of the new format? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you.
Keep on Writing!