- the sacred bird of ancient Egypt, corresponding to the phoenix.
Origin of Benu
vocalization of Egyptian bnw heron
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With the cultus of the Bennu at Heliopolis is connected the story of the phœnix.
He also "taketh the character of the god Bennu, with the head of a crane," and as Sokar Osiris has the head of a hawk.Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)
The inscriptions say of the great Bennu that "it was self-begotten," that "it caused the divisions of time to arise."
Another bird held in great reverence was the bennu, a bird of the heron species which gave rise to the mythical bird, the phnix.Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt