The Phoenix is a creature that has a very rich history in folklore and in other tall tales. It is said that the phoenix is the bird of fire, and that when it dies it will build itself a large nest for its young, give birth and then the entire phoenix goes up in flames. However, many may not know that this was not the original meaning for this bird. In fact, in Greek, the word “Phoenix” directly translates to tropical tree, or palm tree. In legend, the phoenix was said to live nearly one thousand years. There are many different meanings that a phoenix tattoo may have. For instance, a phoenix tattoo design may symbolize a very brave individual, grace, and virtue depending on what culture the comparisons are coming from.
The phoenix showed up in the folklore of many different civilizations across the glove. Some of these civilizations included the Mayans, American Indians, Japan, China, Egypt, and many other different countries. The phoenix is one of the few mythical creatures that was often represented in the same way, regardless of what culture the folklore is from. There is no real explanation for this, other than that as the story was passed on it was good enough of a story to remain unchanged.
If you are interested in tattooing a phoenix on yourself, you may want to consider the following information:
The phoenix has always been described as a very brave creature. It is no surprise then, that phoenix tattoos are often meant to represent bravery. Some of these tattoos may place the phoenix in battle, or in another sticky situation to further represent the fact that the phoenix is a very brave animal. Another reason why the phoenix may be considered a brave animal is because it sets itself on fire when it is ready to die, and this may be seen by many as a very brave act by the phoenix.
The phoenix is also supposed to be a very graceful animal. This means that many tattoos that feature the phoenix will also represent grace. This may make the phoenix a great tattoo for figure skaters or for those who take part in ballet. In tattoos that are supposed to depict the phoenix as a very graceful animal, often times the phoenix will be shown flying or setting itself ablaze.
There are many different areas of the body that would make suitable areas for a phoenix tattoo. Keep in mind that the vast majority of phoenix tattoos are very intricately designed, and may take quite some time to tattoo so you may want to choose an area of the body that will not cause much pain during the tattooing process. Some of the more common areas that phoenix’s are tattooed include the back, arms, shoulders, legs and the chest.
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