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Horse Related Mythical Creatures - The Unicorn
 By Estella Noire   •   5th Jul 2010   •   21,893 views   •   6 comments
This is a second article on Horse Related Mythical Creatures, and I will be looking at the unicorn.

Unicorns are horses with one horn on their foreheads. Although they are mainly pictured white, they have also been known to be black and even sometimes pink or purple. Sometimes unicorns have wings, and sometimes they donít. It all really depends on what the author or artist thinks is right.

Horse Related Mythical Creatures - The UnicornWritten records of unicorns date two and a half millennia, whilst they are thought to have been in stories long before this. Unicorns were worshiped in Babylon, where the two guiding powers were the Sun and the moon. The Sun was represented by the lion, and the moon by the unicorn. The lion was thought to always be chasing the unicorn, but hardly ever caught its prey. When it did catch it, itís the Sun (or lion) that ends up worse of, by being covered over by the moon (unicorn). This is how they first explained eclipses. This is an early deion of a unicorn, taken form a book written by the physician Ctesias. This book was called Indica, and was full of his [Ctesias] experiences

"There are in India certain wild asses which are as large as horses, and larger. Their bodies are white, their heads are dark red, and their eyes dark blue. They have a horn on the forehead which is about eighteen inches in length. The dust filed from this horn is administered in a potion as a protection against deadly drugs."

Other people and writers, like the philosopher Aristotle, also write about unicorns. However, it is said that with some of the records they were confusing unicorns with rhinos! Today, some creatures have tiny horns in the middle of their foreheads, and one that does is the giraffe, which has a small, blunt horn, not like one of a unicorn. But the giraffe does not just have this one horn, this is just an extra horn to add to the other two it already has. Also, the horn of a narwhale was also sold and ground up. It also was said that it had healing properties.

When King James VI became King of England as well as Scotland, he changed one of the unicorns on the Scottish Royal Coat of Arms to a lion. This was because, although the shield supporters (the animal used to hold up the shield on a coat of arms) for the English had varied, it almost always included a lion. This showed that although that the lion and the unicorn had always been thought to be enemies, and the Scottish and the English had also fought with each other, this symbolises that they now shared the rule.

So, as you can see, unicorns played a big part in our history. From Babylon to Britain, they have pretty much been all around the Earth.

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toffeelola  
cool!
  Jul 5, 2010  •  10,252 views
 
DoodleCake  
You are an amasing writer I love what you wrote.It is so beutiful like the unicorn is.Well done.:)
  Jul 6, 2010  •  10,306 views
 
Clover  
Cool. :D
  Jul 9, 2010  •  10,334 views
 
Wanderin Boy Memorial  
Unicorns are so pretty !
It'd be amazing if they were real
  Feb 2, 2011  •  10,280 views
 
Simplicity  
I love unicorns they are awesome
  Jun 14, 2011  •  10,239 views
 
Cruisin Past Curfew  
Very well written article :)
  Jun 13, 2012  •  10,249 views
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