The History of Unicorns

by: Lauren Trulby

Hello everyone, I’m Lauren and if you know me, you know I really like unicorns. This week I am blogging about the history behind unicorns and who they were created by. I have always found unicorns interesting and always thought the myth had to come from somewhere, I just never knew where. I have never known where they actually originated from and thought it would be a good thing to learn more about the subject.

Here’s what I found out. A Unicorn is a mythological animal resembling a horse with a single horn on its forehead. The unicorn appeared in early Mesopotamian artworks, and it also was referred to in the ancient myths of India and China. The unicorn was found in ancient seals of the Indus Valley Civilization and was also mentioned by the ancient Greeks in accounts of natural history by various writers, including Ctesias, Strabo, Pliny the Younger, Aelian and Cosmas Indicopleustes. The unicorn was not just randomly created or thought up, it was first mentioned in the Bible and it was found to be a strong, bold animal. It was said that if you drank from the unicorn horn then you were protected from all stomach problems. It was also similar to the Pegasus, used a lot in Greek mythology, and had the same meaning. When first created, they were known to have a purple neck, blue eyes, and white on the remainder of the body. As it evolved it became more pink. Unicorns now are more of a consumer product and not too much a sacred or special animal anymore. Finally, unicorns were first written about as early as 165 b.c. in the Bible.

In conclusion, unicorns are very interesting creatures that have been around for thousands of years, evolving into different things for different places in the world. To this day unicorns are reported to be seen in forests and other places but no actual proof of their existence presently. No one really knows where they came from, there had to have been a reason, but that is unknown.

I hope you learned something by reading this and I hope you enjoyed it! Thank you

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