The Phoenix – Real or Myth?

The phoenix is a mythical bird that is present in many cultures in many different parts of the world. Serendipity says there may have been an actual bird whose habits have led to these mythical beliefs. It’s just too coincidental.

The phoenix is a mythical bird that is present in many cultures in many different parts of the world. Serendipity says there may have been an actual bird whose habits have led to these mythical beliefs. It’s just too coincidental to have this many similar legends from so many diverse cultures without some basis in truth.

Could it be that once a large bird made its home on the slopes of volcanoes? This would explain the rise of the phoenix out of fire and ash every 500 – 1000 years. Large birds are known to ride on thermal currents for great distance. There’s a good chance these magnificent birds were only seen after volcanic explosions took their habitat and provided the thermals to get them to a new temporary home until the danger passed. During this temporary migration, the lovesick phoenix would have had the opportunity to mate before returning to its home giving credence to the legend where the new baby phoenix thrives in the burned nest.

A bird that habituated high on a rugged mountain may never have been seen unless something drastically happened to change visibility. Fire, ash, and smoke could have provided a backdrop that could have hampered seeing what actually was occurring. Colorful bird feathers would have glowed golden from reflecting fire. Intense heat waves would have magnified and distorted images. Ash and smoke clouds would have hampered visibility. It is easy to imagine how the legends were born.

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  1. Bo Russo Says...

    On November 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Sweet.


  2. Spiritt Says...

    On November 28, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Oh that was very interesting. I loved reading about the pheonix and its possible origins.


  3. dino renaldo Says...

    On November 28, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    good post


  4. Duff D Moss Says...

    On November 28, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    That is very interesting. Makes sense to me. You always do a great practical spin on the challenge words. Great work


  5. Darla Beck Says...

    On November 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Wonderful article for the challenge!


  6. LCM Linda Says...

    On November 29, 2010 at 5:20 am

    You always bring wonderful surprise to the writing challenges. This time your entry lands in scienceray. Interesting idea on how the legends of phoenix were born. Well written. Great share.


  7. PSingh1990 Says...

    On November 29, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Nice Share.

    :-)


  8. Rod Ferrandino Says...

    On November 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I dig the “logical” approach, and I learned that more than one culture has variations on this theme, which leads to a global connection.


  9. Rick Summers Says...

    On November 29, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I had no idea the legend was possibly based on a real bird, very cool.


  10. irenen1 Says...

    On November 29, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Some say it was the stork, some the peacock. Native Americans, South Americans, Middle East, Greeks, Romans, Chinese all have their phoenix lore. Hmmm.

    I was going to originally do a piece on the Serendipity Singers and the lovesick Phoenix Singers from the sixties but many of you would not remember them. lol


  11. Lady Bumblebee Says...

    On December 3, 2010 at 10:53 am

    what an interesting read, nice share.


  12. Brian Says...

    On March 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I ate the last one. They taste a lot like turkey.


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