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Unicorns

The unicorn is a legendary animal from European folklore that resembles a white horse with a large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead, and sometimes a goat's beard. First mentioned by the ancient Greeks, it became the most important imaginary animal of the middle ages and Renaissance when it was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin.

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What are Unicorns?
Unicorns are mythilogical, magical creatures from European folklore, unicorns in modern times have the bodies and heads of horses and they have a magical spiral horn on their forheads. While the traditional unicorn was believed to have a billy-goats beard, a lion's tail, and cloven hooves - that distinguish it from a horse.

Unicorns were considered wild woodland creature, that were a symbol of purity and grace, Unicorns were so special it was thought they could only be captured by a virgin. The unicorn is universally beautiful, mysterious and difficult to capture or tame.

It was believed that the unicorns horn had magical healing properties. Without it's horn a unicorn is defenseless and sure to die.

Foreign Names for Unicorn

Arabia: Karkadann
China:
Kilin
Dutch:
Eenhoorn
Finnish:
Yksisarvinen
French:
Licorne
German:
Einhorn
Greek:
Monokeros
Herbrew:
Had-Keren
Italian:
Alicorno
Japan:
Kirin
Japan:
Sin-you
Japan:
Ikkakujuu
Latin:
Unicornis
Latvian: Vienradzis
Lithuanian: Vienaragis
Norweigan: Enhj°rning
Persia: Karkadann
Polish: Jednorozec
Portuguese: Unicˇrnio
Romanian: Inorog
Russian: Yedinorog
Spanish: Unicornio
Swedish: Enh÷rning
Welsh: Uncorn

Other Names: Kardunn, Karkadann, Re'em,

History: Unicorn stories originated in ancient Greece, over 2,000 years ago.In 300 BC, scholars translating the Old Testament from Hebrew into Greek concluded that the Hebrew term Re'em referred to a unicorn. In Asia unicorns first appeared in history, around 2700 BC, the unicorn is described as a creature of great power and wisdom.

Unicorn Healing Lore

St. Hildegard, believed in the power of the Unicorn to heal illness.

The Unicorn even became the apothecaries' symbol in medieval times.

Shoes made from a unicorn are said to result in healthy feet and legs.

Ground Unicorn horn was said to cure fever, plague, epilepsy, rabies, gout, and a host of other ailments.

Unicorn liver was said to be a cure for leprosy.

A belt made from a unicorn, that is worn around the body is said to ward off plague and fever.

Unicorns are said to be able to banish evil, dispelling anything evil.

A unicorn's horn was also thought to detect poison, and if dipped in a poisoned drink, the horn causes the poison to be rendered harmless.

Powdered unicorn horn was thought to be an aphrodisiac.

 


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Meanings: Unicorns symbolize purity, chastity and virginity. They are considered powerful and peaceful creatures. The mythological unicorn was a symbol of chivalry with qualities befitting this status, proud and untamable.

Myths in Culture:

Arabia/Persia: The unicorn known as Karkadann, in Persian culture, was a violent, warlike unicorn, born in blood and vehement in battle.

Asia: It was believed that as long as humans showed greed, anger, war, and hunger was around, the unicorn would remain elusive, hidden and wild.

China: Chi'lin was the Chinese equivalent of unicorns. Chi'lin was said to be a creature of great power and wisdom. Chi'lin would appear at special times. Its appearance was always considered a sign of good fortune. When a ruler was just and kind and the times peaceful and prosperous, the unicorn would appear. Chi'lin would also appear when a great leader was about to die or be born.

Japan: Japan's version of a unicorn was called Sin-you. Sin-you was known for the ability to know right from wrong, and they were often called upon to determine the guilt or innocence of individuals.

Vietnam: In Vietnamese culture, a yearly unicorn dance is held on the full moon of the eighth month, the beginning of the monsoon season. People would put on masks and costumes to conceal their identity. They would hang an effigy of a unicorn on a platform. Archers then shoot at the effigy, while singing. After the song is sung, the rains would begin.


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