These mythical and legendary creatures have been present in paintings, stories and legends for as long as most of us can remember.
The unicorn (a mythical animal like the minotaur) is so impressive that Scotland has even made this mythical and legendary creature their national animal and has even made it appear on its royal coat of arms 🦄
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What is a unicorn in mythology ?
Unicorns have long been considered mythological creatures, or even monsters to some. They have been imagined to look like horses or goats with only one horn in the middle of their head.
Unicorns are usually depicted with a white body, while unicorns with wings are called Pegasus. These creatures are said to live in the woods. Their hair, powers and even their blood are said to have healing and magical properties. Compared to the dragons, the unicorn is a legendary creature that has magical and beneficial powers for human beings.
When did the unicorns appear ?
It was in India in the 4th century B.C. that a Greek physician heard the first rumours about this magical creature.
It was later described that unicorns had a single horn that was often multi-coloured. In addition, it is said, that no other creature of this type had been seen before.
In addition to the magical aspect of unicorns, the doctor also reported that the horn could be crushed to create a magic elixir.
Growing rumors about unicorns
The great Greek philosopher Aristotle heard the rumors. However, after the story had made its way around the world, he learned that the creature was made of silver and that it always had a unique horn. It was when the Hebrew writings were translated into Greek that confusion arose.
When the Latin writers took over the Greek writings, the name “unicorn” was born. It is believed that the difficulty came from the translation of the name of a wild ox with one horn.
Noah's Ark and the Unicorns
One of the theories explaining why unicorns no longer exist dates back to the story of Noah’s Ark. Legend has it that the creatures were too slow to make their way to the ark, meaning that Noah and the other creatures were forced to leave before they could find shelter. Another version of the story says that the unicorns took up too much space in the ark, which means that Noah was forced to ask them to leave. Either way, it looks like the unicorns didn’t get the best deal !
The healing powers of unicorns
Over the years, it was believed that unicorns could only be tamed by virgin women because the creatures represented innocence and purity. This is where the legends developed their incredible Unicorn Healing Powers. In Japan, the myth of the unicorn was a creature that could hunt down criminals and bring them to justice by piercing their hearts with their horns.
In China, however, the beasts were never accused of harming anyone, but they brought good luck to people in their presence. In modern times, people have claimed to have found skeletons of these creatures, as well as random sightings of animals all over the world.
The stag with a horn and the unicorn
It is now believed that the culprit behind the legends has been found. A one-horned deer was found in an Italian nature reserve just outside Florence. These deer are said to have a genetic mutation that means they produce only one horn, rather than the traditional two. While it may seem that the modern answer to the myth has been given, scientists still believe that there may have been other creatures – perhaps now extinct – that confused the world in the past.
Whether the one-horned deer is the long-lost answer we have been looking for or not, we still have hope that these magical beings live somewhere out there. Maybe one day someone will stumble upon the long-lost colony that never made it to the ark ?
The Loch Ness Monster
When it comes to mythological animals (fantastic creatures), some go so far as to make comparisons with demonic or evil creatures. Like for example the Loch monster, living in the frightening and gigantic depths. But from there to finding similarities with unicorns, it’s not that obvious.
Lakes all over the world are full of very special animals and sea monsters can be found there without any problem.
The Japanese are very good at reproducing these strange creatures with origami. It is about making reproductions of objects or animals with simple pieces of paper. In Japanese folklore this is something that is very appreciated. They even use it to solve certain puzzles.
The Mermaid of the Seas and the Unicorn
These are two competitors in the eyes of the children. They are both legendary, fantastic, enchanted and magical creatures. A bit like the Cyclops, the Chimera or the Humanoid Centaur (which are part of Greek mythology, some with the body of a man). The unicorn is a bit like a mythological creature.
Some people may have claws, but this should not become frightening, quite the contrary. The Mermaid Is A Fantastic And Mythological Creature that is part of the mythical animals just like the others.