Few facts you never heard about it
- A depiction of a unicorn was found in France’s Lascaux Caves, dating as far back as 15,000 BCE.
- However, this unicorn has two horns. In Western literature, the earliest mention of a unicorn appears in the work of Ctesias from the 5th century BCE.
- He described the unicorn as having a purple head, white body, multi-coloured (red, black, and white) horn, and blue eyes.
- Marco Polo encountered ‘unicorns’ on his travels.
- He described them as being very ugly and not looking anything like a unicorn – he had really seen rhinoceroses.
- Genghis Khan turned his army back while on his way to India to conquer the country.
- He said he had seen a unicorn and it was a sign from his deceased father to turn back, so he did.
- Julius Caesar once gave a description of a unicorn he had seen, and many other famous people throughout history have also made such claims.
- In the King James Version of the Old Testament, there are a total of nine unicorn references.
- The references were actually a mistake in the translation of the word re’em, which likely meant Assyrian rimu – a wild ox. The unicorn horn was once worth a lot of money. German merchants even sold a unicorn ‘horn’ to the pope for an astronomical amount of money in 1560.
- Even as late as 1741 there were pharmacies in London England selling powdered unicorn horn.
- In the 1400s there were gold coins called the unicorn and the half-unicorn.
- Since 1971 at Lake Superior State University in Michigan, they have issued unicorn hunting permits, which also allow the hunter to carry pinking shears and a flask of cognac.
- Some unicorns are depicted with large wings and are able to fly.
- This unicorn species is called the Pegasi.
- Pegasus is a famous example of a winged horse, but not a unicorn.
- European folklore depicts the unicorn as wild and unable to tame while countries east of Europe tend to describe them as docile and gentle.
- Some believe that seeing a unicorn will bring them good luck.
- Famous unicorns include Buttercup (Toy Story 3), My Little Pony unicorns, Nico the Unicorn, and many hundreds of others that have been depicted in movies and books and TV shows.
- A type of underwater creature called a narwhal has a tusk that looks like a unicorn horn.
- Narwhals can grow up to 17 feet long and have tusks as long as 10 feet.
what is unicon?
The unicorn is a fictional character that exists in many legends and children’s stories. The unicorn is often depicted as a white horse-like creature with a longhorn protruding from its head. It has been depicted in various cultures as being a symbol of purity and grace, and sometimes able to heal the sick. Greek writers included unicorns in accounts of natural history and not mythology because they believed they were real. Some efforts to prove they existed have included reconstructing a so-called unicorn from fossils of a mammoth and woolly rhinoceros. Although they exist in folklore and legends, there is no proof that they ever existed.
The first and foremost thing to consider with unicorns is their “magical” powers. It has been widely documented that unicorns have the faculty to render themselves, and other forest creatures, invisible to human eyes in the forest they protect. Unicorns are only visible to men if they so desire. Since science is not yet able to explain the extraordinary abilities of real-life unicorns, and how they are able to render themselves and other creatures invisible to man (which makes a scientific study of unicorns extremely difficult, science having a hard time studying things it doesn’t have the means to detect yet). We can only hope that scientific progress in years to come will allow it to detect and study this amazing animal, furthering our knowledge. In the meantime, we can rely on a huge quantity of literature and accounts, real unicorn sightings, and pictures of real unicorns that exist.
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Chances are you were in a forest protected by unicorns. There may have been hunters or otherwise ill-intentioned humans in other parts of the forest at that time. Unicorns protect forest creatures from ill-intentioned humans by making them invisible.
There is a very large quantity of literature, accounts, and real unicorn sighting that testifies to the reality of real-life unicorn hunting in the middle ages. Unicorn horn commerce was a very real trade, that lasted for centuries, and which is attested to by numerous accounting documents of the time that record the sale of unicorn horns, and often for very large sums of money.
Modern sceptics are quick to dismiss those accounts and the trade as the doings of gullible people that did not know better in an age of ignorance. But money than was like money now, especially when we are talking about very large sums of money. Those that could afford those items were not the poor and largely uneducated masses. They were the rich and powerful lords or merchants which were educated and had access to all the knowledge that was still being kept alive and furthered (mostly in monasteries) at the time. They most likely would have consulted as to the authenticity and reality of the object of the business endeavours they were engaging in. And this lasted for centuries.
There still are reported real unicorn sightings today, but very few. The internet is rich with more or less reliable accounts of unicorn sightings, although most videos of such sightings seem to be faked. People today are very hesitant to share a unicorn sighting for fear of being ridiculed and generally not taken seriously. This is not limited to unicorns and is prevalent in our sceptical orientated modern cultures. A recent real-life unicorn finding has come from North Korean state archaeologists who have reportedly found a unicorn deer near their capital in 2012, although we don’t know if these findings have been independently verified.
One point on which there is no controversy is that unicorns are real in our minds, our visions, our hearts, our symbols, and our cultures even if we may not be aware of it. Literature, paintings, sculptures, and the arts, in general, have inspired and enchanted us time and time again as vehicles of all the meanings and power unicorns carry. Since interacting with a real-life unicorn is a very rare occurrence, that is where their influence and power blossoms and why unicorns are awesome.