Uncovering The ‘Truths’ About the Iconic Unicorn
Once in your life, you have crossed the word unicorn—in music, in news, on literary works, by mouth and all other stuff. The concepts of unicorns have grown with society since its depiction from the olden times.
As kids, it is definite that we believed unicorns exist, but as we grow up and be exposed with different types of realities, it is such a sore to know that these ‘animals’ are nothing but a figment of the imagination.
Unicorns are always associated with magic and beauty, all together have been twisted and changed into something as how it is known today. Unicorns are one of the many things in this earthly existence that we wouldn’t altogether remove and with all of the concepts associated with it, it is with an assurance that the belief of its being, would drag on for as long as many people believe in it.
Unicorn is actually a legendary animal and was coined by the historical, unearthed seals of the Indus Valley Civilization. They are described as horse-like beasts with a humongous, pointed and spiraling horn, which sprouts from the middle of its forehead.
Unicorns are believed to look as whimsical as it could be, normally on the illusion of being immaculately white as if it’s the horse of the Heavens. The age of unicorns dates back and can be recounted through a plethora of Greek writings of literary geniuses such as Ctesias, Strabo, Pliny the Younger and Aelian.
The human race, being an imaginative lot, carried the folklore, which is the unicorn onto different eras and have encapsulated its supposed truth through stories being passed on to generations.
Fast forward to the middle Ages and the illustrious Renaissance, unicorns have been regarded as symbols of purity and majestic grace. Unicorns have also been considered, as a wild woodland animal that’s just difficult to catch for only ‘virgins’ would be able to interact with it.
It has also been retold over and over that people who are pensive and gentle would have the capability of taming the wild animal. Some scholarly books have even pointed out that the horn of the unicorn yields power to cleanse poisoned water or drink, and at the same time, to heal sickness and grief.
A debate has long withstanding about the possibility of unicorns being real and several people and organizations have come forward to show their evidences of its existence. One of the most resounding accounts of unicorn excavations can be found in Germany’s Harz Mountains.
In here, the former mayor of the small town from where the Harz Mountains is located was able to complete a skeletal model of the unicorn using the prehistoric bones harvested from the Unicorn Cave.
It was Otto van Guericke who divulged and presented this shocking discovery, however, further and intrinsic study of the unicorn model falsified the claim and has been dismissed as fossil bones of other ancient animals such as that of a mammoth or a rhinoceros.
However, there are some hushes that one of the most unexplainable finds relating to unicorns is that of the small stone seals garnered from the Indus Valley Civilization from Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. The seals bear depictions of unicorn-like figures and have been chemically dated to be at 2500 BC.
Aside from the unicorn which have been discussed above, there also have been studies and claims that there are animals to have existed and might be a close relative of the horned ones — winged unicorns.
Mythology introduced us to Pegasus and people have no way not to entertain the said concept. Today, unicorns have been used as a part of your child’s daily cartoons, as part of the opening remarks of one Herculean movie producing company, an animal representing joy, whim and pride.
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