Perhaps one of the most infamous mythological creatures known around the world is the figure of the Phoenix. As its elongated wings soar high above the sky illuminating a fluorescent orange, yellow, and red mixture that is depicted by many cultures as fire. The phoenix is well-known in a multitude of various cultures such as the Greeks, Romans, Persians, Egyptians, Chinese, and arguable the Phoenicians. The phoenix although having many various and different depictions of its characteristics and purposes within a culture, most cultures seem to agree that the bird was a creature of peaceful nature, and was not purposefully sent to interact with humans but rather had characteristics that were helpful to society. As some stories present the phoenix as a bird that brought light during the day, provided sun for crops to grow, or even as a spirit that was a guardian, the phoenix can generally be associated with a positive connotation, as it rarely if ever interpreted as malicious.
The Phoenix is a mysterious yet very endearing mythical creature to many cultures. It is best described as a gargantuan sized bird with flaming orange and red feathers so when it flaps its wings, they spew a radiating aura of fire. The Phoenix usually lives anywhere between 500-1000 years depending on the account of which it's told, but has the unique quality of rebirth. As the time of the Phoenix is near, it creates a bundle of sticks where it disintegrates into ashes. These ashes form a new born Phoenix that has all of the same qualities as the old one. This cycle of life repeats itself for infinity.
The Phoenix is sought to be born from the gods, as the oldest depiction of a flaming bird originates from the Indian god Vishnu. However, the most popular folklore story originates from Arabia, where it lives and symbolizes religious affiliation with paganism and Christianity. Each of the various cultures describes the Phoenix originating from somewhere or something else. Within contemporary society, it is symbolized as a symbol of immortality, liberty, and renewal. The image and name of the phoenix holds quite a bit of meaning to modern society, as it is the capital of a state within America, a symbol of the IRA, and even printed into currency.