Said to live for 500 or 1461 years (depending on the source), the phoenix is a bird with beautiful gold and red plumage. At the end of its life-cycle the phoenix builds itself a nest of cinnamon twigs that it then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix arises. The new phoenix is destined to live, usually, as long as the old one. In some stories, the new phoenix embalms the ashes of the old phoenix in an egg made of myrrh and deposits it in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis (the city of the sun in Greek). The bird was also said to regenerate when hurt or wounded by a foe, thus being almost immortal and invincible — a symbol of fire and divinity_____________________________________________________________
Will Shakespeare contributed a stanza on the enigmatic bird:
Now I will believe
That there are unicorns; that in Arabia
There is one tree, the phoenix' throne; one phoenix
D H Lawrence of Lady Chatterlay's Lover's fame used the phoenix as a symbol for rebirth in life.
l-r Kak Teh of Choc a Blog, Marina of Rantings, Maria of Tok Mommy (then not a confirmed liar yet) and Noraina of Jalan Sudin.
Todays posting is fondly dedicated to a NOW confirmed liar Maria Samad aka Kak Ton , the hostess of MRT - Mee Rebus Tuesday.
People, put on your seat belts; be seated; expected turbulence ahead. Already we have one younger sister scorching the wires with her Jalan Sudin Blog. Now, elder sister Maria has heralded this inter-monsoon season with her own blog. Be ready when the monsoon season starts and you can be assured that it will be a monsoon season of great ferocity.
Maria Samad was a journalist with Star and Bernama. I said was, thus my reference to the rise of the phoenix. This still sexy word-smith, gentle grandmother, gracious hostess WILL make a difference. She has fire in her belly. Bookmark her site. Tok Mommy will be your benchmark for sure. Welcome Maria. Whilst you blog, I will take care of your hubby Roslani. He and I will know how and where to make ourselves useful and occupied.