For many years the unicorn has captured the hearts of people all over the world. Even today we are fascinated by this enchanting mythological creature. But where did this mysterious being come from? Is it or was it ever real? And how have stories about the unicorn changed over the years?
Stories of unicorns have been told for many years in many places.
It is not known for certain where the story of the unicorn first began, but it has been told all over China, Japan, Arabia, India, and Europe. One of the oldest unicorn appearances occurred in China some 5,000 years ago.
A unicorn, in china called the Ki' Lin, is said to have showed emperor Fu Hsi the key written language. The unicorn's body was covered in symbols. Fu Hsi traced them into the dirt and they were the beginning of the Chinese written language.
About 4700 years ago another the Ki' Lin is said to have appeared in the garden of in the garden Huang Di, the Yellow Emperor. He interpreted the appearance of this magical creature as a good omen foretelling a long and peaceful reign for the emperor.
The Chinese also believed that the Ki' Lin could predict the birth of a great man. We see an example of this with the story of the great philosopher Confucius.
His mother, Ching Tsae, had five old men, calling themselves the colors, the elements and the planets, appear before her. They had with them the Ki' Lin. The Ki'lin placed in Ching Tsae's hand a small piece of jade.
On it was and inscription that said "the son of the essence of water shall succeed to the withering chou and be a throne less king."
Ching Tsae tied a white ribbon around the Ki' Lin's horn and returned home to tell her husband Heih. In the middle of winter, Ching Tsae gave birth to her son, Confucius who became a great teacher and philosopher founding the philosophy today known as Confucianism.
When Confucius was an old man the Ki' Lin appeared before him to anounce his death. When Confucius saw the Ki'Lin it was still wearing the white ribbon that his mother had tied to it horn.
In Japan there are two types of unicorns. The Kirin and the sin-you. The Kirin is much like the Chinese Ki'lin but the sin-you resembles a lion with a single horn, and the ability to distinguish right from wrong.
The sin-you would stare into the eyes of a person, and if found guilty would pierce him through the heart with its horn.
In Arabia the unicorn is called the Karkadann and it is a ferocious war like creature. It can appear in many forms, but the most remarkable one has three legs, six eyes, nine mouths and a golden horn.
One story tells of a battle between the Karkadann and the elephant, in which both end up killed and eaten by rocs. The elephant and Karkadann had an immediate haltered for each other from the moment they first saw each other
The Karkadann emailed the elephant on its horn, when the elephant reared upon its hind legs. The Karkadann killed the elephant, however, because of the elephant's massive weight.
Another story tells of two twin brothers who kill the Karkadann to use its fat to help cure their father's arthritis and to get rid of the demons who haunted their sister in her sleep.
I think this is the most unusual unicorn stories I have ever heard. It is very different from the ideas that we have about the unicorn today.
The way we think of the unicorn today, is usually as a white horse with a white horn. More recently however we have also given the unicorn wings in some cases, and given it different colors. The ideas we have about the unicorn today are closer to those of Europe.
The European unicorn is like much like horse, but smaller. It typically stands a little over 3 feet tall and weighs around 100 pounds. In southern Europe the unicorns range from nearly black, to a tawny gold color.a tawny gold color.
In northern Europe however, they are much lighter, usually cream, ivory, or completely white. They are swift, and have good sight. Their eyes are usually dark blue or brown and their horns have a magical healing ability. It is said that the unicorn can purify water simply by dipping the tip of it horn.
There is also a myth that the unicorn was the first creature to be named by Adam. It is believed that the unicorn was the second most important creature next to Adam and eve.
After Adam and Eve sinned by eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they were banished by God.
The unicorn however, was given the option to stay and live a life of paradise in Eden, or to follow Adam and eve out into the harsh world.
The unicorn, out of its love for them chose to take the hard path and follow them out into the world.
It is possible that this story is part of why the unicorn is sometimes considered a symbol for Christ.
Today, in America, the modern unicorn is much like that of the European unicorn, only bigger, and more horse like.
The Modern American unicorn looks exactly like horse, with a horn in the middle of its head. Sometimes, however it can have a beard, or cloven hooves, and occasionally a lions tale.
Usually however, it is just a snow white horse, with a magical horn. The unicorn can however come in a variety of other colors, even un natural colors such as pink, blue, purple green etc.
The unicorn has also recently been mixed with the Pegasus, to create what some people call a "pegacorn" or a "unipeg" Though purely mythical, the American unicorn is still a popular creature in fantasy novels and movies, especially amongst young children.
While it is likely that some form of the unicorn may have once existed, it is agreed upon by most that it no longer does.
There are however still people out there who are so captured by they idea of this magical creature that they continue to believe in, and even search for proof of the creatures existence.
Medieval knowledge of the fabulous beast stemmed from biblical and ancient sources, and the creature was variously represented as a kind of wild ass, goat, or horse.
The unicorn also figured in courtly terms: for some 13th century French authors such as Thibaut of Champagne and Richard de Fournival, the lover is attracted to his lady as the unicorn is to the virgin.
With the rise of humanism, the unicorn also acquired more orthodox secular meanings, emblematic of chaste love and faithful marriage. It plays this role in Petrarch's Triumph of Chastity.
The royal throne of Denmark was made of "unicorn horns". The same material was used for ceremonial cups because the unicorn's horn continued to be believed to neutralize poison, following classical authors.
The ancient Norwegians were said to believe the narwhal to have affirmed the existence of the unicorn. The unicorn horn was believed to stem from the narwhal tooth, which grows outward and projects from its upper jaw.
In popular belief, examined wittily and at length in the seventeenth century by Sir Thomas Browne in his Pseudodoxia Epidemica, unicorn horns could neutralize poisons.
No matter what poeple belive today ,I wish that we could
of been able to have seen these beautyful beasts