🏷  Egyptian Semitic mythical creature phoenix pun recommended · symbol   —   by Gerry · Feb 2019 · 964 words

The phoenix, depicted as a double-headed eagle, is a pun-animal which was likely written like פן-נקז ˁp-nqz in the Semitic languages. This means “double-beak”, and puns with פן-נכס pn-nks, which means “exchange-wealth”, i.e. banking. The phoenix was thus a pun on “turning” & “doubling”, complemented with other aspects where it “re-turned” to Egypt, or “re-turned” to life.

Double-headed eagle of Byzantine emperor Palaiologos

Double-headed “eagle” of Byzantine emperor John VIII Palaiologos,
very phoenix-like with long neck and exaggerated tail feathers.

Double-headed eagle as phoenix

Miles famously deduced that the double-headed eagle is in fact a phoenix. He discerned it from the preternaturally long neck, and from the two heads which are found in the Chinese phoenix.

The fact that the double-headed eagle is equivalent to a phoenix seems to be a half-open, but blackwashed secret. Hundreds of spooky books on mysticism and faux truther sites on freemasonry name the famous double-headed eagle as a phoenix. As far as official heraldry goes, I only found the crest of the USS Makin Island: “From a wreath Argent and Azure a double-headed phoenix of the like rising from flames Proper”.

However, I can now not only confirm Miles’ judgment, but also explain:

The reason is that all these features are pronounced “phoenix” in Phoenician. The phoenix is a Punic multi-pun!

The punny phoenix

Every aspect of the phoenix is pronounced something like “phoenix” in Phoenician, and the Semitic languages in general. Some even work in other languages, such as Egyptian or even English. Try to read the transliterations aloud, and everytime it sounds like “phoenix”, you win a punny point!

Aramaic pn = turn, return; ˁp = double

פני pny : to turn; to face; to return; to do something again; to give back; to turn something; to turn back; to convert — Aramaic (CAL)

עף ˁp : double; -fold; -times — Aramaic (CAL)

Aramaic nqz = beak; ˁnq = neck; ḥy = alive; kwy = burn

נקוז nqwz : beak — Aramaic (CAL)

אנק ˁnq : neck, throat — Aramaic (CAL)

חיי ḥyy : live; revive; alive — Aramaic (CAL)

כוי kwy : to burn, sear; singe; cauterize — Aramaic (CAL)

Double-headed phoenix as a symbol for trade

The double-headed eagle or phoenix was especially important in the regions that connected Asia & Europe. It has been the symbol of Russia, Serbia, Albania, Byzantium, down to the Ancient Hittite empire.

Hittite relief of double-headed eagle

Hittite relief of double-headed eagle
inside of Alaca Höyük sphinx gate

The double-headed Hittite eagle on the sphinx gate in Alaca Höyük near Hattusa is especially interesting, because the fortifications are dated to th 13th and 14th century BC. That is well before the alleged fall of the Hittite empire in the Late Bronze Age Collapse, typically dated to “around 1180 BC”. If both datings are correct (and I’m not so sure either one is), then the symbolism of the Old Hittite empire was already ripe with spook punnery. This would then mean that the Old Hittite elites were already globalized spooks, and thus not victims of the Late Bronze Age Collapse.

But the punny trail has to end somewhere. the Scottish freemasons named their phoenix “Eagle of Lagash”, in an attempt to go even further. Now Lagash did use lion-headed eagles as symbols, as seen on a Girsu relief and the vase of Entemena. But that creature has no beak, no long neck, and just a single head, and is therefore no phoenix. If it really was a pun, it was likely a very different one, in Sumerian. My guess is the mason spooks just randomly picked the oldest pagan eagle motif they knew of, to appear as mystic & Satanistic as possible. Since phenax means “fraud”, they did in this sense “pull a phoenix” as well.

🏷  Egyptian Semitic mythical creature phoenix pun recommended · symbol