There are references to the Phoenix in both Greek and Egyptian Mythology. Both are represented by a bird. However, in Egyptian Mythology the Phoenix represents the sun, which dies at night and is reborn in the morning. In Greek Mythology the Phoenix is a beautiful, red-gold feathered bird which emits rays of sunshine. It lived for hundreds of years, and when it died, a new Phoenix rose from its body or ashes. Many ancients believed the Phoenix could control fire and was thus immune to it. In addition to rebirth, the Phoenix is often characterized by transformation, healing and regeneration.