|Phoenix in ancient Egypt and in Classical mythology, is a fabled bird associated with the worship of the sun. The Egyptian phoenix was said to be as large as an eagle, with brilliant scarlet and gold plumage and a melodious cry. Only one phoenix existed at any time, and it was very long-lived—no ancient authority gave it a life span of less than 500 years.|
|Strictly speaking, the Phoenix is not a bird, but is a unique creature possessing the qualities of both a bird and a snake. A snake represents reincarnation or rebirth, while the bird flies in the sky or in heaven. It seems to have three stages of growth, egg, worm, and bird. In insects this is: egg, pupa and adult.|
An ancient representation of Kukulkan An ancient Mayan feathered serpent.
| The oldest and most complete
version of the myth is given by Clement of Alexandria (c.150 -c.215 AD) an influential Christian
taught at the Catechetical
School of Alexandria, who wrote:
Let us consider that wonderful sign which takes place in Eastern lands, that is, in Arabia and the countries round about. There is a certain bird which is called a phoenix. This is the only one of its kind, and lives five hundred years. And when the time of its dissolution draws near that it must die, it builds itself a nest of frankincense, and myrrh, and other spices, into which, when the time is fulfilled, it enters and dies. But as the flesh decays a certain kind of
|worm is produced, which, being nourished by the juices of the dead bird, brings forth feathers. Then, when it has acquired strength, it takes up that nest in which are the bones of its parent, and bearing these it passes from the land of Arabia into Egypt, to the city called Heliopolis. And, in open day, flying in the sight of all men, it places them on the altar of the sun, and having done this, hastens back to its former abode. The priests then inspect the registers of the dates, and find that it has returned exactly as the five hundredth year was completed.|
|Quetzalcoatl, ancient Aztec feathered serpent|
| A variant of the
story made the dying phoenix fly to Heliopolis and immolate itself in the altar fire, from which the young phoenix then
Origin of the word
Enoch is a key figure in Egypto-Hebrew mythology:
The Bibles says this about Enoch: Genesis 5:22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
There are many other legends and myths about the powers of Enoch.
The word phoenix is very ancient and is a combination of the two elements: "pr" (or pah)- which connotes "house" or "after the manner of" and the name "Enoch" . Thus pr (pah)+ enoch = pahenoch, giving us phoenix, Indicating great spiritual powers, the ability to avoid death.