Arts & English for young learners

15 December 2010

Phoenix

Filed under: Symbols — adrianscgi23 @ 11:45

Here are some cases in which the phoenix appears taking part in a symbol

The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Although the name of the team is like this because of the city where it has been created, the city is called like that because this name represents the idea of a city born from the ruins of a former civilization (A Native American village). The name was suggested by Lord Darrell Duppa, in the nineteenth century.

Granollers Fénix Club de fútbol américa. This club was refunded several times along the time, that’s why it’s similar to the mythological creature, because it reborns form its ashes. The effort of all members of the club has kept the team alive, like a phoenix fighting for survival. At this moment they are looking for sponsors.

Fénix Club de rugby Zaragoza. A phoenix is a mythical bird that is a fire spirit with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet (or purple, blue, and green according to some legends). It has a 500 to 1000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again. This is the way this team was reborn over and over again, because through the time this team has been closed and opened many times, (because of some economical problems) that’s why it’s called “Fenix”, which is the Spanish word for “Phoenix”.

The Order of the Phoenix

The Order of the Phoenix is a fiction secret society founded by Albus Dumbledore to oppose Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters in the Harry Potter books (by J.K Rowling). The original Order was created in 1970, after Voldemort returned to England from abroad and started his campaign to take over the Ministry of Magic and persecute Muggle-borns. The Order worked with the Ministry to oppose the Dark Lord and his followers, and played a crucial role in the First Wizarding War. Victory came in 1981 at the cost of many of their members.

The Order disbanded, but was reconvened in 1995 after Harry Potter informed Dumbledore of Lord Voldemort’s return. This group is called “The order of the Phoenix” because the phoenix is Dumbledore’s symbol. Dumbledore likes this animal, because it represents immortality, (Dumbledore is more than 150 years old) and hope, as the phoenix always reborns, and these are this great wizard’s maxims.

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