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* The huma is a bird from Iranian myth that, being legless, spends its entire life in flight. Humas are symbols of happiness and omens of good things: someone who catches a glimpse of a huma or of its shadow will lead a joyous life thereafter, and if a huma lands on someone's head then that person will become a king. Killing a huma is an evil deed, and such a killer will die forty days after the death of the bird.


** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', they are stated to have originated as spirits in Valinor who took the shapes of enormous raptors and were charged by Manwë to head to Middle-Earth in order to keep and eye on both the mortal peoples living there and Morgoth and his forces. They appear numerous times in the stories, keeping watch of dangerous foes, rescuing heroes from danger and fighting against Morgoth's {{dragons|AreDemonic}} for dominance of the skies.

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** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', they are stated to have originated as spirits in Valinor who took the shapes of enormous raptors and were charged by Manwë to head to Middle-Earth in order to keep and an eye on both the mortal peoples living there and Morgoth and his forces. They appear numerous times in the stories, keeping watch of dangerous foes, rescuing heroes from danger and fighting against Morgoth's {{dragons|AreDemonic}} for dominance of the skies.


* Tenochtitlan, capital of the ancient Mexica empire (a.k.a. Aztecs), was founded by settlers following a prophecy: they were told to look for an eagle perched on a cactus, holding a snake. They found exactly this on an island that proved to be a fine defensive location for the capital of a militaristic empire, until Spanish conquistadors vanquished and razed it.
* In Myth/NorseMythology Odin is associated with ravens, having two ravens who routinely bring him news of events in the world, and their appearance is seen as a sign of his awareness, which isn't necessarily good news.

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* Tenochtitlan, capital of the ancient Mexica empire (a.k.a. Aztecs), was founded by settlers following a prophecy: they were told to look for an eagle perched on a cactus, holding a snake. They found exactly this on an island that proved to be a fine defensive location for the capital of a militaristic empire, until Spanish conquistadors vanquished and razed it.
it. The patron god of the Aztecs, Huitzilopochtli, is consequently associated with eagles and hummingbirds.
* In Myth/NorseMythology Odin is associated with ravens, having two ravens who routinely bring him news of events in the world, and their appearance is seen as a sign of his awareness, which isn't necessarily good news. Eagles are also strongly associated with Odin, probably because of their scavenger habits; one of his names is "eagle head".


** Regarding [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]]: Although Medieval and later art consistently portrays them as having birdlike wings, they are seldom if ever described so in original scriptures, and the properties they are given tend to be [[EldritchAbomination pretty bizarre]]. When they are described as winged the nature of the wings is not described, so their being birdlike is simply a natural assumption. Angels have also been described with other birdlike properties, such as in Ezekiel where they have four faces, one being that of an eagle.

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** Regarding [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]]: Although Medieval and later art consistently portrays them as having birdlike wings, they are seldom if ever described so in original scriptures, and the properties they are given tend to be [[EldritchAbomination pretty bizarre]]. When bizarre]], though they are described as winged the nature of the wings is not described, so their being birdlike is simply a natural assumption.do have wings, albeit covered with eyes. Angels have also been described with other birdlike properties, such as in Ezekiel where they have four faces, one being that of an eagle. The idea of winged divine beings does have a precedent in Myth/MesopotamianMythology, where gods such as Ishtar are often depicted with bird wings; later this would go on to influence greco-roman art as well.


Specific species of bird can be associated with certain gods. Eagles are particular favorites and often serve the TopGod of a particular pantheon; however, note that eagles are also used to represent mundane values and so are not always part of this trope. Gods of death or the underworld have their own preferred representatives which would best be avoided: see CreepyCrows and OwlBeDamned. Vultures are another popular choice. Other flighted creatures are sometimes seen in the same way: see ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth and MacabreMothMotif. Birds being seen as sinister in general are {{Feathered Fiend}}s. See also ThePhoenix, which is at least awe-inspiring if not actually divine.

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Specific species of bird can be associated with certain gods. Eagles are particular favorites and often serve the TopGod of a particular pantheon; however, note that eagles are also used to represent mundane values and so are not always part of this trope. If the writer is feeling more fantastically-inclined, mythical birds such as [[ThePhoenix phoenixes]] might get used. Gods of death or the underworld have their own preferred representatives which would best be avoided: see CreepyCrows and OwlBeDamned. Vultures are another popular choice. Other flighted creatures are sometimes seen in the same way: see ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth and MacabreMothMotif. Birds being seen as sinister in general are {{Feathered Fiend}}s. See also ThePhoenix, which is at least awe-inspiring if not actually divine.\n


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* In the anime adaptation of ''Manga/ShamanKing'', energy flowing to or from the Great Spirit (which is both TheLifestream and {{God}})) is depicted in the form of glowing birds.
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* [[Creator/RaphaelSanzio Raphael]]'s ''Disputation of the Holy Sacrament'', per tradition, depicts The Holy Spirit as a dove with wings spread as if to welcome all of humanity into Heaven. Peculiar to the ''Disputation'' is that the Spirit's dove is directly below the Father and Christ, making visible the belief that all of them are one and the same {{God}}.



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* In the anime adaptation of ''Manga/ShamanKing'', energy flowing to or from the Great Spirit (which is both TheLifestream and {{God}})) is depicted in the form of glowing birds.
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** In some traditions birds as a species are a preeminent form of life, born from primordial chaos in flight before there ever was land to rest on. In some way this goes to explain why observing them can be performed to divine the future.


The logic is pretty simple: the gods, as everyone knows, live [[FluffyCloudHeaven somewhere up in the sky]]. Birds also inhabit the sky, or at least spend more time there than any other creature in common experience. Therefore, birds have a special connection with the divine. Many cultures see birds as bearers of omens, whether good or bad depending on the type of bird, and some go even farther, with myths and tales depicting them as messengers proffering instructions and advice to mortals, or even providing services of some sort. [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]], additionally, are often depicted as winged and are seen mainly as messengers of God in scripture.

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The logic is pretty simple: the gods, as everyone knows, live [[FluffyCloudHeaven [[HeavenAbove somewhere up in the sky]]. Birds also inhabit the sky, or at least spend more time there than any other creature in common experience. Therefore, birds have a special connection with the divine. Many cultures see birds as bearers of omens, whether good or bad depending on the type of bird, and some go even farther, with myths and tales depicting them as messengers proffering instructions and advice to mortals, or even providing services of some sort. [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]], additionally, are often depicted as winged and are seen mainly as messengers of God in scripture.


* In JapaneseMythology, the Yatagarasu ("eight-span crow") aka the Three-Legged Crow is apparently the messenger bird for Amaterasu, the sun goddess.

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* In JapaneseMythology, Myth/JapaneseMythology, the Yatagarasu ("eight-span crow") aka the Three-Legged Crow is apparently the messenger bird for Amaterasu, the sun goddess.














** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', they are stated to have originated as spirits in Valinor who took the shapes of enormous raptors and were charged by Manwë to head to Middle-Earth in order to keep and eye on both the mortal peoples living there and Morgoth and his forces. They appear numerous times in the stories, keeping watch of dangerous foes, rescuing heroes from danger and fighting against Morgoth's [[DragonsAreDemonic dragons]] for dominance of the skies.

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* In ''Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium'', the TopGod Manwë is associated with air and sometimes sends birds with tidings, particularly eagles.

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** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', they are stated to have originated as spirits in Valinor who took the shapes of enormous raptors and were charged by Manwë to head to Middle-Earth in order to keep and eye on both the mortal peoples living there and Morgoth and his forces. They appear numerous times in the stories, keeping watch of dangerous foes, rescuing heroes from danger and fighting against Morgoth's [[DragonsAreDemonic dragons]] for dominance of the skies.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'': There are a number of [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokémon]] based off of birds:
** The main Kanto legendaries are the Legendary Birds, a trio of birdlike Pokémon with immense power over the weather. These are Articuno, [[AnIcePerson the bird of ice]], who leaves snow falling in its wake and appears before travellers lost in the mountains; Zapdos, [[WeatherManipulation the bird of thunder]], who summons storms and lighting and inhabits thunderclouds; and Moltres, [[PlayingWithFire the bird of fire]], whose arrival ends winter and begins spring.
** Ho-oh resembles an enormous bird with red and gold feathers, and seems to draw inspiration from both the phoenix and the fenghuang. It is associated with both rainbows (one follows it as it flies, and it is said to nest at the foot of a rainbow) and fire (its [[SecretArt signature move]] is in fact called Sacred Fire). Its Pokédex entries and in-game lore credit it with a number of divine attributes and acts, including only showing itself to pure-hearted trainers, having the ability to bring eternal happiness to those who see it or find its feathers, and the resurrection of three unnamed Pokémon who died in a fire to create the Legendary Beasts Entei, Raikou and Suicune.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'': There are a number of [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokémon]] based off of birds:
** The main Kanto legendaries are the Legendary Birds, a trio of birdlike Pokémon with immense power over the weather. These are Articuno, [[AnIcePerson the bird of ice]], who leaves snow falling in its wake and appears before travellers lost in the mountains; Zapdos, [[WeatherManipulation the bird of thunder]], who summons storms and lighting and inhabits thunderclouds; and Moltres, [[PlayingWithFire the bird of fire]], whose arrival ends winter and begins spring.
** Ho-oh resembles an enormous bird with red and gold feathers, and seems to draw inspiration from both the phoenix and the fenghuang. It is associated with both rainbows (one follows it as it flies, and it is said to nest at the foot of a rainbow) and fire (its [[SecretArt signature move]] is in fact called Sacred Fire). Its Pokédex entries and in-game lore credit it with a number of divine attributes and acts, including only showing itself to pure-hearted trainers, having the ability to bring eternal happiness to those who see it or find its feathers, and the resurrection of three unnamed Pokémon who died in a fire to create the Legendary Beasts Entei, Raikou and Suicune.

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* Birds-of-paradise derive their name in part from this trope. When the first specimens were obtained from New Guinea natives, their legs had been removed in the process of preserving their bodies for decorative purposes. The European explorers, not knowing this, assumed the birds had no legs while they were alive, and thus could not land. This belief, combined with the beauty of the birds themselves, led Europeans to assume these birds lived in paradise (hence the name), spending their whole lives flying through the heavens and only landing upon death.

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* Birds-of-paradise derive their name in part from this trope. When the first specimens were obtained from New Guinea natives, their legs had been removed in the process of preserving their bodies for decorative purposes. The European explorers, not knowing this, assumed the birds had no legs while they were alive, and thus could not land. This belief, combined with the beauty of the birds themselves, led Europeans to assume these birds lived in paradise (hence the name), spending their whole lives flying through the heavens and only landing upon death.death.
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* Myth/ChineseMythology: The fenghuang is a large, multicolored bird strongly associated with the heavens, especially the sun. It is associated with a number of strongly positive concepts, chiefly things such as good fortune and prosperity. happiness, virtue, grace and the balance of yin and yang. It is also commonly depicted alongside [[DragonsAreDivine dragons]], and when this happens the two creatures are also associated with ideal marital relationships. As a result, since the dragon is already traditionally associated with the emperor, the fenghuang also came to represent the empress.

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* Myth/ChineseMythology: The fenghuang is a large, multicolored bird strongly associated with the heavens, especially the sun. It is associated with a number of strongly positive concepts, chiefly things concepts such as good fortune and prosperity. prosperity, happiness, virtue, grace and the balance of yin and yang. It is also commonly depicted alongside [[DragonsAreDivine dragons]], and when this happens the two creatures are also associated with ideal marital relationships. As a result, since the dragon is already traditionally associated with the emperor, the fenghuang also came to represent the empress.


* The Phoenix Oracles from ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' are avians charged with being LawfulNeutral overseers of the realm, which is loosely based on the multiplayer online game Furcadia. There is nothing that they don't know or cannot divine; however queries from adventurers result in very cryptic answers. In fact, when one party comes to Lost Lake Inn seeking the one responsible for the demise of Merlitz, their statement that a Phoenix Oracle told them plainly that a cubi at the inn killed him, Pyroduck is rightfully dubious.

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* The Phoenix Oracles from ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' are avians charged with being LawfulNeutral overseers of the realm, which is loosely based on the multiplayer online game Furcadia. There is nothing that they don't know or cannot divine; however queries from adventurers result in very cryptic answers. In fact, when one party comes to Lost Lake Inn seeking the one responsible for the demise of Merlitz, their statement that a Phoenix Oracle told them plainly that a cubi at the inn killed him, Pyroduck is rightfully dubious.
dubious.[[spoiler:It's later revealed that phoenix was dead when that happened.]]


** Ho-oh resembles an enormous bird with red and gold feathers, and seems to draw inspiration from both the phoenix and the fenghuang. It is associated with both rainbows (one follows it as it flies, and it is said to nest at the foot of a rainbow) and fire (its [[SecretArt signature move]] is in fact called Sacred Fire). Its Pokédex entries and in-game lore credit it with a number of divine attributes and acts, including only showing itself to pure-hearted trainers, having the ability to bring eternal happiness to those who see it or find its feathers, and the resurrection of three unnamed Pokémon who died in a fire to create the Legendary Beast Entei, Raikou and Suicune.

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** Ho-oh resembles an enormous bird with red and gold feathers, and seems to draw inspiration from both the phoenix and the fenghuang. It is associated with both rainbows (one follows it as it flies, and it is said to nest at the foot of a rainbow) and fire (its [[SecretArt signature move]] is in fact called Sacred Fire). Its Pokédex entries and in-game lore credit it with a number of divine attributes and acts, including only showing itself to pure-hearted trainers, having the ability to bring eternal happiness to those who see it or find its feathers, and the resurrection of three unnamed Pokémon who died in a fire to create the Legendary Beast Beasts Entei, Raikou and Suicune.

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