Reinvention seen from the Myth: The Phoenix
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Human beings have clung over time to symbols and stories that help them hope that everything will improve.
The Phoenix is a recurring theme, which shows through a myth that the idea of renewal and reinvention has always been present in the history of humanity.
In many cultures and religions, we find that creation, resurrection and new beginnings are also associated with a mythological creature called the Phoenix. In ancient times, these symbols were mostly associated with religious concepts, but today they have evolved to become emblems of self-improvement, reinvention, and new beginnings.
Origin of the Phoenix
Based purely on the definition of the Real Academia Española, the Phoenix is a
“Fabulous bird that the ancients believed to be unique and reborn from its ashes”
It is important to emphasize the word “ancient”, because over the centuries, multiple references to the Phoenix can be found.
In both Eastern and Western religions and cultures, there are allusions to birds associated with this myth. Many of them have different stories and characteristics. This makes it difficult to attribute a single origin to it.
We all seek the same thing: transformation
Knowing the origins of legends and myths helps us understand the evolution of thought, but also the essence of the human being.
According to ancient beliefs, the Phoenix symbolized many things through its different names. The rebirth and a new period of wealth and fertility for the Egyptian culture. Immortality and resurrection for the Greco-Romans. Breaking with the limitations for the Persians. It is also a symbol of great virtue, grace, power and prosperity for Chinese culture.
Nowadays we can say that it means growing through adversity and re-emerging. It is a very powerful symbolism that humanity has used as a standard for overcoming and achieving goals, according to the beliefs of each era.
It is often said, metaphorically, that you have to die to be born again, or that you have to go through difficult situations to come out renewed and grow.
Following the Phoenix symbolism, being born again helps us to understand and trust in our potential and capabilities. It helps us to be more creative to become what we want to be. Finally, it forces us to find in difficulties an opportunity to grow, to learn more and to be more flexible.
In different cultures and beliefs, the myth of the Phoenix has a common element: the desire for transformation and overcoming the obstacles. The story of this mythical creature explains that we are all capable of rising from the ashes.
If you are interested in other myths, read the post about the New Beginnings and Mythology: Janus, the God of the Romans.
Referencias y enlaces:
- Real Academia Española
- Enciclopedia de Mitología Universal – Arthur Cotterell
- Heródoto, Los nueve libros de la Historia: Libro II, cap. LXXIII
- Rise of the Phoenix – mythicalrealm.com
- Phoenix (mythology) – newworldencyclopedia.org
- Ancient Symbolism of the Magical Phoenix – ancient-origins.net
- Fénix – Wikipedia
- Phoenix – The Medieval Bestiary
- Legends of the Phoenix A basis in Biblical History – countdowntothemessiah.com
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