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Phoenix Bird Animation Video

By Andrew Burgon / phoenix@projectfellowship.com
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December 19, 2013

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The Phoenix Endures Thanks to Pop Culture… and My Phoenix Bird Animation Video!

The Phoenix has been embraced in modern times by popular culture and is likely to be remembered well into the future It’s allure eternal. To me, the Phoenix represents transformative inspiration.  Over the centuries it has been used to symbolize renewal, the sun, time,, an empire, consecration and resurrection. A sacred bird that surrenders it’s body to the flames leaving only ash from whence it is born again.

The Harry Potter series of books features a Phoenix called Fawkes. It’s song said to strike fear into the hearts of the impure and courage into those who are pure of heart. It’s tears healing severe poisoning, illnesses and injuries.

In music it has often been referred to. In Elton John’s song, “Grey Seal,” he sings, “If the phoenix bird can fly then so can I.” Robbie Willaims has a song entitled, “Phoenix From The Flames” on his ‘I’ve Been Expecting You’ album. Most curious of all is the history of La Fenice (The Phoenix) in Venice which burned down twice only to be rebuilt both times.

The tradition of having a Phoenix adorn coins has a long history and is still very much alive today. In 2013, Japan issued gold coins to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Emperor Akihito’s enthronement. It depicts a phoenix and the Imperial Palace’s Nijubashi double-arched bridge on the front.

Even in war the name of the Phoenix is in use. The AIM 54 Phoenix was a long-range air-to-air missile used by the U.S. Navy for 30 years. The M60 Phoenix tank was developed by King Abdullah II.  Star Trek can’t resist the name either naming one of it’s 24th century Federation Nebula-class starships the USS Phoenix.

AIM 54 Phoenix

I dare say the name Phoenix will be a permanent fixture in pop culture for a long time to come. One afternoon, I found myself dabbling in computer animation using some nice Phoenix bird graphics and music. My Phoenix bird animation video is amateur at best but some of you might like it especially children.
 
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