This great and powerful bird exists in the spiritual history of many different cultures on every major continent of the world. The Phoenix has been describe through out history as a graceful bird with brilliant plumage that contains a rainbow of colors. Many cultures traditions agree that the Phoenix fed only on air, harming no other creature.
The origins of the Phoenix begins in the Ancient Egyptian Religion where it was called the Bennu. It is believed that this great bird holds the spirit of the sun god Ra, and that it travels about the world gathering the incense for its nest in its wings. After the Phoenix has circled the world it returns to the temple at Heliopolis in Egypt to build its funeral pyre nest in a holy sycamore tree.
At that next dawn, the great bird faces the rising Sun and sings in a beautiful radiant voice. The heat of the sun ignites the fragrant spices, and the Phoenix dies in its own funeral pyre. After nine days, a fledgling Phoenix rises out of the ashes. A few days later, when its wings are strong enough, the young Phoenix gathers the ashes of its parent and places them on the altar in the Sun temple at Heliopolis.
The Phoenix or Bennu never dies permanently. Legend says it existed when the universe was created and that it knows secrets of life and reincarnation that even the deities do not know.