Observations placeholder

The First Epistle of Clement

Identifier

012764

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Chapter 25 of The First Epistle of Clement:

Let us consider that wonderful sign which takes place in Eastern lands, that is, in Arabia and the countries round about. There is a certain bird which is called a phoenix. This is the only one of its kind, and lives five hundred years. And when the time of its dissolution draws near that it must die, it builds itself a nest of frankincense, and myrrh, and other spices, into which, when the time is fulfilled, it enters and dies. But as the flesh decays a certain kind of worm is produced, which, being nourished by the juices of the dead bird, brings forth feathers. Then, when it has acquired strength, it takes up that nest in which are the bones of its parent, and bearing these it passes from the land of Arabia into Egypt, to the city called Heliopolis. And, in open day, flying in the sight of all men, it places them on the altar of the sun, and having done this, hastens back to its former abode. The priests then inspect the registers of the dates, and find that it has returned exactly as the five hundredth year was completed.

The source of the experience

Other religious person

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Phoenix
SUN

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Frankincense
Myrrh

Commonsteps

References