It is said that the phoenix lived for five hundred years. This legendary mythical bird is surrounded with magical stories symbolising death and renewal. The phoenix just before its death sang a last song and it was then placed upon a funeral pyre. The pyre was made from aromatic herbs and exposed to the sun. The fire was not lit by human hands but by the power of the sun’s energy. When the fire settled amongst the ashes a small worm was born. From this the new phoenix would rise anew reborn.