Samstag, März 18, 2006

PHOENIX, THE LEGENDARY BIRD


One of the most fascinating myths of the ancient world is the story about the bird PHOENIX.

According to the Greeks, the bird lives in Arabia, near a cool well. Every morning at dawn, the sun god would stop his chariot to listen to the bird sing a beautiful song while it bathed in the well.

Only one phoenix exists at a time. When the bird felt its death was near, every 500 to 1,461 years, it would build a nest of aromatic wood and set it on fire. The bird then was consumed by the flames.

A new phoenix sprang forth from the pyre. It embalmed the ashes of its predecessor in an egg of myrrh and flew with it to Heliopolis, "city of the sun," where the egg was deposited on the altar of the sun god.

For me this legendary bird PHOENIX became a symbol of renascence in times of crisis and so I made this painting when I was ready to undergo a treatment for Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms seventeen years ago :-).

23 Comments:

Blogger Ryan said...

what a wonderful drawing! great post!

3:06 vorm.  
Blogger Prerona said...

the drawing is beautiful! i too used to find the phoenix fascination but i never looked it up to find out this charming myth. its said to be the symbol of the zodia sign of scorpio - according to 'linda goodman' :)

7:23 vorm.  
Blogger Prmod Bafna said...

Aaah! This is a lovely painting castor! Very beautifully picturised. I was very fascinated with the phoenix and all the myth around it myself! Cheers :)

12:48 nachm.  
Blogger Sujay Sukumar said...

The painting is supercool.
I am in the transitional phase where my previous body has just burnt itself, waitinf for the new me - just like the phoenix.

2:10 nachm.  
Blogger Mike said...

awesome painting. i love it

6:20 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Ryan and Mike:
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Thank you, my nephews!

10:02 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Prerona:
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I didn't now that Phoenix is the symbol of scorpio ... do you believe in zodiac signs, Prerona?

10:07 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Prmod Bafna:
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Yes it is fascinating indeed and the immagination of this kind of reincarnation can really help you abandon old and baneful habits :-)

10:15 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Sujay Sukumar:
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Your new shape is just forming ... a new shell for your old sould :-)

I like your writing!

10:26 nachm.  
Blogger Bryan said...

This is a wonderful piece, Castor. And your story behind its creation is a touching one. The more I stop by the more I admire your work.

I would enjoy talking to you sometime. I'm an artist myself, you see. Take care.

11:43 nachm.  
Blogger Brad said...

Wonderful picture, great great tie in with the myth of the phoenix and then all tied to a personal experience. And was the treatments successful?

2:02 vorm.  
Blogger Jacky said...

The longer I look the more I see!

2:32 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Bryan:
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Thank you for stopping by and your compliments! You are welcome!

12:35 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Brad:
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Thank you, my friend, yes the treatment was successful :-) and I am very glad about it!

12:37 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Jacky:
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... and I see your cute bum too :-)... I am curious how the reaction will be!

12:40 nachm.  
Blogger NMAMFQLMSH said...

Great post and a wonderful painting. I have decided I suck at painting but I'm still taking classes.
I see you,
JJ

4:01 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Nmamfqlmsh:
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Thank you, JJ,just continue your painting classes :-)! Best wishes :-)
Castor

7:15 vorm.  
Blogger Sujay Sukumar said...

I wuz checking your previous posts...they are all very interesting.

7:27 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Sujay Sukumar:
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Yesterday I thought already that you have deleted your previous posts and I was a bit disapointed for I wanted to know more about you!

But today it's OK again!

I like your thoughts!

8:51 vorm.  
Blogger Prerona said...

depends. sometimes. specially when they say nice things that i want to believe ;)

also, i like some of linda goodman - just bcz of the way she writes - humourous and lyrical together

Had written this about my thoughts on zodiac signs (or related roughly)
http://prerona.blogspot.com/2006/03/of-lizards-and-fish.html

Yeah - supposed to be one of the many symbols of scorpios - the phoenix, the eagle, the lizard, the scorpio - also the sign of zero - a serpent eating its own tail

dunno the orign or reliabilty - i had read it in linda goodman

12:00 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Prerona:
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to Prerona:
----------I didn't know Linda Goodman, so I went to her website browsing there a bit ...
Was it by accident what I found there???:

"Oh, and on March 2, Bush will be taken to visit Gandhi's memorial in Rajghat. He's by no means the only war criminal who has been invited by the Indian government to lay flowers at Rajghat..."

8:36 AM

8:41 vorm.  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

I LOVE THE PHONEIX MYTH AND LOVE THIS PAINTING(superb as always) EQUALLY.

9:25 vorm.  
Blogger Prerona said...

yeah! so what do u think?

4:17 nachm.  

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