Tuesday, April 14, 2009


The Fenghuang of Chinese mythology reigned over all other birds. The males of this immortal, magical species were called Feng and the females Huang. It lived atop the Kunlun mountains in China, and was a powerful bringer of good luck. It represented fire, the sun, and justice. The Fenghuang was notable for its long neck, which it shared with the Phoenix-like Bennu bird of Egypt. It may have been based on a crane or pheasant, or possibly an extinct species of ostrich. Chinese Dragons were partially described from the fossils of dinosaurs, and bones of the extinct Asian ostrich may have inspired stories of the Fenghuang in a similar manner.

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