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What does the phoenix symbolize?

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Across many different cultures, the phoenix symbolizes rebirth. It is said to die by bursting into flames, then is reborn from its ashes where it lives another lifetime.

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The phoenix is a large, majestic bird. It comes in many colors such as red, yellow and purple and is associated with the rising sun. When it's time for the bird to die, it makes a nest as its own pyre and soon bursts into flames. Once it burns to death, it rises from its ashes and flies away.

Many cultures believe that when a phoenix is reborn, it lays an egg and offers its young to the Sun God.

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