Said to live for 500 to 1461 years, the phoenix is a bird with gold and red plumage. At the end of its life cycle the phoenix builds itself a nest of cinnamon twigs that it then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix is born. The new phoenix embalms the ashes of the old phoenix in an egg made of myrrh and deposits it in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis (“the city of the sun” in Greek). The bird was also said to regenerate when hurt or wounded by a foe, thus being almost immortal and invincible — a symbol of fire and divinity. This concept was mirrored with some changes to it in the famous movie, Harry Potter, where it said that phoenix tears have healing properties. Although descriptions vary, the phoenix became popular in early Christian art, literature and Christian symbolism, as a symbol of Christ, and further represented the resurrection, immortality, and the life-after-death of Jesus Christ.
Originally, the phoenix was identified by the Egyptians as a stork or heron-like bird called a benu, known from the Book of the Dead and other Egyptian writings as one of the sacred symbols of worship at Heliopolis, closely related to the rising sun and the Egyptian sun-god, Ra. The phoenix is a breed of bird. More commonly found in colder climates that hot, if you were to find it, these birds can mainly only be called forth by those who have a certain magic within them, and be asked for help, and if someone creates a powerful enough bond with a phoenix, the bird can become their familiar. If the bird feels compelled to do so.
Phoenix is a bird of prey, like the eagle, hawk, and falcon. They commonly dive into the cold waters of the arctic to get their prey – fish, krill, baby mammals, and even ears of adult bears. Although it would be assumed that water, particularly sub-zero water, would harm these birds, their internal fire makes them too hot to live in any other climate.
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