What kind of bird lays no eggs? A phoenix, of course, the mythical bird of fire, often associated with the sun. After living an impossibly long life, the creature is consumed by flame, only to be reborn from the ashes.
The Phoenix myth goes all the way back to the ancient Egyptians,from where it spread through European and Asian civilizations.Cultures as far away as Persia and China have their own Phoenixmyths, stories of a bird that lived several lifetimes before beingconsumed in flame. The story doesn't end there, though, as thecolorful bird is soon born again from the ashes, soaring into thesky to start its journey again.
500 years it had lived, and it had seen the entire world.Floating on powerful wings high in the sky, it looked down on thestrange pyramids men had started building decades earlier. Theylooked complete now, gleaming white and gold. The Phoenix flappedits wings once more and then began its descent. The time had come.In the distance, flames licked the sky from a pile of sticks andbrush the bird had built. As the fire grew, the Phoenix picked upspeed, zipping toward the inferno. In a splash of sparks and abillow of smoke, the mighty bird disappeared into the pyre. Hourslater, only a pile of ashes remained in the spot. But wait.Movement. A powerful head rises from the cool grey ash, followed bybright wings. The Phoenix rises, reborn, ready to begin its journeyanew.