Rise of the Phoenix:
There are Chinese, Japanese, Russian,
Egyptian, and Native American counterparts of the Phoenix. (Fêng-Huang, Ho-oo,
Firebird, Benu, and Yel respectively). All of these birds are identified with
the sun."A mythical bird that never dies, the phoenix flies far ahead to the
front, always scanning the landscape and distant space. It represents our
capacity for vision, for collecting sensory information about our environment
and the events unfolding within it. The phoenix, with its great beauty, creates
intense excitement and deathless inspiration." - The Feng Shui Handbook, feng
shui Master Lam Kam Chuen
Classical Arabian Phoenix:
Perhaps the most well known, the Arabian phoenix was a fabulous
mythical bird, said to be as large as an eagle, with brilliant scarlet and gold
plumage and a melodious cry. Making it's home near a cool well, the Phoenix
would appear at dawn every morning to sing a song so enchanting that even the
great sun god Apollo would stop to listen. It was said that only one phoenix
existed at any one time, and it is very long-lived with a life span of 500
years, 540 years, 1000 years, 1461 years or even 12,994 years (according to
various accounts). As the end of its life approached, the phoenix would build a
pyre nest of aromatic branches and spices such as myrrh, sets it on fire, and is
consumed in the flames. After three days the birth -- or as some legends say a
rebirth -- the phoenix arises from the ashes. According to some sources, the
phoenix arose from the midst of the flames. The young phoenix gathers the ashes
of its predecessor into an egg of myrrh and takes it to Heliopolis, the city of
the sun, to deposit it on the alter of the sun god. A symbolic representation of
the Death and rebirth of the sun. It is also described as being either eagle
like or heron like. It lives on dew, killing nothing and crushing nothing that
it touches. Generally considered the king of birds. It has alternatively been
called the bird of the sun, of Assyria, of Arabia, of the Ganges, the long-lived
bird and the Egyptian bird...
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The skeleton of a large sea creature has been discovered off the coast of China"s Shandong Province.Measuring 3.5m in length, the large snake-like skeleton has generated a lot of attention since it was hauled up from the depths. Camera crews were soon on the scene to document the find as it was laid out on a red cloth for examination. Despite the report appearing online on April 1st, theoriginal story dates back to March 28th and is apparently not an April Fools Day prank.Speculation is rife over what the creature actually is.
Some believe that the skeleton, which consists of 153 individual joints, is that of a dragon or sea monster while others are more skeptical, believing it instead to be that of a shark or other conventional sea creature. "The skeleton, which is believed to have a total of 153 joints, was foundby fishermen in Qingdao on 28 March."
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The country has attracted attention again this week with a rather strange claim from archaeologists.North Korea is no stranger to bizarre claims but this one might take the cake. The official state news agency has announced that a "unicorn lair" has been found in Pyongyang and that it would have once been used by the King to house several of the mythical animals. According to reports, the discovery was made whenarchaeologists came across a rock with the words "unicorn lair" inscribed on it.The announcement might not be quite what it seems however, there is speculation that this could be a response to the recent satirical article published in the Onion that proclaimed Kim Jong-Un as "the sexiest man alive".
Could North Korea be responding in kind with its own piece of satire or is there another explanation for the origins of this bizarre "discovery" ? North Koreahas raised eyebrows around the world by announcing that researchers have proved the existence of the unicorn.
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Campaigners have proposed adding a 75ft horn to the famous 3000-year-old chalk horse in Uffington.A growing number of historians and campaigners believe the hillside drawing is actually that of a mythical unicorn rather than a horse. "The Uffington White Horse has been a great British landmark for centuries, however its true form has always been shrouded in mystery," said author Paula Broderick. "Webelieve that the Uffington carving is actually one of a unicorn, a mythical creature known to have fascinated our ancient cultures and folklore." The plan by the "Save the Unicorn at Uffington" has more than 1,000 members and is being lead by Bronze Age enthusiasts.
They claim the 3,000-year-old horse made from crushed white chalk in Uffington, Oxfordshire, was originally meant to be a depiction of themythical horned beast.
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