The Phoenix Mythology
The phoenix was a fabulous mythical bird with brilliant scarlet and gold plumage and a melodious cry. It was said that only one phoenix existed at any one time, and it was very longlived– about 500 years.
As its end approached the phoenix made a nest of aromatic branches and spices, set it on fire, and was consumed in the flames. From the ashes or sometimes from the midst of the flames miraculously sprang a new phoenix.