30. What death-defying fanciful beast is said to have visited ancient Egypt every half-millennium or so?
Answer to Egypt Quiz #30
The Phoenix was first reported to the western world by Greek historian Herodotus, who described a rare bird that nested in Arabia, and at the end of its lifespan of 500 years would give birth. The offspring would carry the remains of its father to the Egyptian city of Heliopolis, northeast of present-day Cairo, and bury it in the temple of the sun god, Ra.
More recent popular myths have the Phoenix bursting into flames and then being reborn from the ashes. It was called “bennu” by the Egyptians.