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10 Interesting Mythical Animals

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10 Interesting Mythical Animals

From ancient Greece to Egyptian lore, check out the top 10 most amazing creatures of legend.

10. Phoenix

No creature symbolizes eternal life more than the phoenix, a mythical bird known as much for its beauty as its immortality. The legend of the phoenix appears in a variety of ancient mythologies, including Greek, Egyptian and Indian. It is usually depicted as an eagle or other bird of prey, but may also resemble a heron in its delicate majesty. In most mythologies, the phoenix is associated with the rising of the sun and has a close relationship with the sun-god Ra. Another feature of the phoenix is that only one can exist at a time. When it senses that its life is coming to an end – about once every thousand years – the phoenix builds itself a funeral pyre made of cinnamon or other aromatic material and allows itself to be consumed by the flames. Then, as the old phoenix is reduced to ashes, a new one rises to begin its life on Earth.

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2:18PM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

Good article very interesting,thanks for sharing

4:05AM PDT on Aug 3, 2013

It's the matter of meaning

1:11PM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:10PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

Thanks! Re-shared!

10:56PM PST on Nov 30, 2012

Great List--thanks.

5:48PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Very interesting and well written. Thank you for this post.

6:05PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

this is the best article ive read on here in a long time. thank you!

10:46AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Always interesting to read about mythology & the creatures created by our ancesters. These creatures where created to honor specific virtues or address the dark side with created demons.
Man cannot live without myth as it is thru myth we learn and identify aspects of self. Joseph Campbell was a wonderful writer who dwelled on myth within our lives & how they are used for learning.

4:21AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

one of the best websites I have found and visit regularly is " Answers in Genesis" it is packed with knowledge, wisdom and common sense and Biblical truths. The word " dinosaur " was not invented till about the 1800's. So the word " dragon ' is a dinosaur as was leviathan. I encourage you all to visit this wonderful website if you really want to know truth and facts.

3:55PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Thanks- some may be "mythical" while others may have a basis in reality- such as dragons. If we didnt know better, we would think dinosaurs were mythical as well.

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