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Originally posted by freakyqi at 2006-12-28 22:39
I like the phoenix. From what I've learned (not in chinese culture) the phoenix appeared to have died, but rose from the ashes, shooting up into the sky in flames, and rises every 500 years (or som ...
Well as I heard the the secular bird as Lebanon symbol, about the phoenix in China, the name of chinese phoenix is 凤凰(fèng huáng) btw, at the first it refers to two birds, male and female(feng means male phoenix, huang is female), a bit like kylin(qi lin), qi is male, lin is female, it's later they became one,.
chinese phoenix doesn't have the meaning of rebirth as in english(but there's a symbol similar to that, a kind of bird), it's a symbol of "ji xiang", holy, pure, bless and peace(in acient times people believed if feng huang appears then peace with the world), and later it become one. Cause the emperor use chinese dragon as his symbol, his wives all come to choose phoenix as match, so phoenix became only female later.
Chinese dragon and phoenix together could mean, talented precious people, a gem, a brilliant couple...like that