Ra in Mythology – The Tree of Life, the Benben Stone and the
The sun god Re was closely associated with the Ancient Creation Myth that was associated with the group of gods, called the Ennead of Heliopolis. A great sun temple located in the City of Heliopolis, Egypt, was dedicated to the solar god Ra, and was the mythical home of the Tree of Life. The fruit of the Tree of Life gave Eternal Life and the Knowledge of the Divine Plan. The fruit of the Tree of Life was believed to relate to eternal life with which the gods refreshed aging Pharaohs, further symbolizing the Pharaohs unity with the gods. The Tree of Life was the Seat of the mythical Bennu Bird (phoenix) a phoenix-like bird with beautiful red and golden feathers that symbolized resurrection and the rising sun. The Ben-Ben Stone was believed to be the beacon for the mythical Bennu Bird. (Source)