What destroyed itself, only to emerge better? And don't say Paris Hilton.
June 28, 2007 5:53 PM Subscribe
Mythology (?) question: I'm looking for a story or creature that must destroy or consume itself in order to either become stronger or to reveal its true form/essence.
posted by ferociouskitty to religion & philosophy (25 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm interested in transformations in general, but I'm really hoping to find something that plays up the self-destruction. Can be from any culture's mythology. A few of the things I've considered, but aren't quite right are: koi dragon, butterfly, phoenix, ouroboros.
Bonus points if it's visually cool, as I started thinking about this when I was contemplating my next tattoo.