Many religions and numerous cultures have a legend of a Great Bird of Fire, from Asia, Europe and Africa to North and South America. There are many names for the great bird. The names have included: the Russian Firebird, the Egyptian Bennu, the Chinese Feng, the Jewish Milcham, the early Christian Symbol of rebirth, the Classical Phoenix Simurgh, the Indian Garuda, and the Japanese Karura or Ho-Oo. The legends state that the great bird is similar in appearance to that of an eagle or a peacock and has the ability to create (breathe} fire or turn into fire itself, and that it is a sign of rebirth and prosperity. The Romans minted the likeness of a Phoenix onto their coins in the hope that their empire would endure to the end of time. The Chinese believe that the Feng lives in the Kingdom of the Wise to the east of China.
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“The Book of Creatures Volume One”