The mythological bird of fire is familiar to most of us, but perhaps not so well-known is in it’s original meaning — ‘phoenix’ in Greek means ‘palm tree’.
According to Chinese mythology, the phoenix is the symbol of grace and virtue and is second only in importance to the Dragon. It represents the union ofÂ yin and yang, and was a gentle creature associated with the Empress, who alone could wear its symbol. The feathers of the Chinese phoenix were black, white, red,Â green and yellowÂ – the five primary colours. In Japan, the phoenix is found carved into sword hilts, andÂ the imageÂ of the bird seen asÂ embroideryÂ on kimonos. Along with the sun, the phoenix is one of the emblems of the Japanese Empire. In Japanese tattooing the phoenix is often twinned with the the dragon, symbolizingyin and yang, the harmonious combining of the best of the feminine and masculine virtues.
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