Firebird – fairy tale bird
Firebird is one of the most famous characters in Russian fairy tales. Its feathers are very bright and shiny. In the fairy tales men are looking for the Firebird and the one who will have at least one of the feathers will be happy. The firebird lives in the far end of the kingdom, in a beautiful garden, where golden apples grow. One of the Firebird’s feathers costs more than a whole kingdom, and the Firebird itself does not have a price at all.
In mythology, Firebird is often compared to medieval, very popular in the Russian and Western literature, Phoenix, which is able to rise from the ashes. The Firebird eats golden apples, giving youth, beauty and immortality; when it sings, pearls pour out of her beak. The singing heals the sick and restores sight to the blind people. These apples can be compared with the fruits of a pomegranate tree, the favorite delicacy of the Phoenix.
Like the Phoenix Firebird is a symbol of immortality. If you have the feather of this bird, you will be rich and successful. But it can also bring disaster in the form of unexpectedly adventures and dangers.
Mythologists explained the Firebird as the embodiment of fire, light, sun. Its feathers have the ability to shine and their shine affects the eyesight of a person. Its wings like tongues of flame, and eyes glow like crystals.
The Firebird is a miracle of miracles, the most cherished dream, reward, happiness, which every person strives to achieve in his life.
All characteristics of the Firebird are a description of … ball lightning. Such a “bird” flying through the air, glowing and shimmering with lights, was well known among the people. They knew it and were afraid.
One of the early works of I. Stravinsky was the ballet Firebird. The premiere of the ballet took place in Paris on the stage of the Grand Opera on June 25, 1910.
Like matryoshka, Firebird is produced in the form of gift souvenirs, toys, however, it is less known. Firebirds are made of metal, wood, straw birch bark, synthetic materials.
In the modern world the Firebird is a symbol of happiness.