Why are unicorns called unicorns?

The history of Unicorns

Unicorn is that mythological creature that resembles a horse to a great extent, in fact, there is a very small difference that exists between the two creatures with regard to their overall appearance. Unicorn is described as a horse that carries a single horn coming right through the very center of its forehead. There has been a lot of time when this mythical creature appeared in the amazing and attractive artwork of the Mesopotamian. In addition to that, with regard to the ancient myths of China as well as India, the name of a unicorn has always been there, being mentioned as an integral part every now and then.

One of the earliest and initial description which was made use of by ancient people in order to refer to unicorns was that it was a mere single-horned animal, they also said that this creature was a wild ass that was as big as the size of a horse, it had a completely white body and carried a head that was slightly purple, the eyes were blue in color, and last but not the least at the very center of its forehead was a cubit longhorn which was black colored from the middle part, white on the base and the tip of this horn was red.

There was another saying that went around the people of ancient times that whoever drank from the horn of the unicorn would save him/herself from the chances of getting any stomach issue, poison as well as epilepsy. There were a lot of difficulties which were faced by the people whenever they tried to capture the unicorn, it was said to be very fleet and foot. It is also said that the actual and original animal behind the mythical creature’s description is none other than the Indian Rhinoceros.

When it all started

There are a couple of passages of poetical nature present in the Bible, that refer to a single-horned animal which is very strong and has been given the name of Re’em in the Bible. If one looks at the exact translation of this word from the Bible, then in English it is translated into “rhinoceros” as well as “unicorn”, with regard to many versions of the Bible. While talking about the modern translation, most of them translate this word of Bible into “wild ox”, and this one is said to be the correct meaning of the Hebrew Re’em.

Since unicorn had been declared and accepted as a Biblical creature, the interpretation of the unicorn was always done on an allegorical level used in the very early times 0of the Christian church. These interpretations also exist in the Greek bestiary on a massive level. In the Greek bestiary, the mention of a unicorn is made in such a manner that makes it appear like a very fierce and strong animal that can only be caught in case a virgin medieval is thrown in its way.

Different legends of the past talk about the unicorns in a different manner altogether, each has a unique story to tell about the single-horned mythical creature, that has made its way into the lives of people of the modern era as well. The only difference is that now this creature is looked at from a different perspective where it is considered to be a sign of peace, harmony, and love. Unicorn is not just famous amongst the kids but it is also quite regarded amongst the adults as well. Everyone has their own way to liking this creature and relating to it on an individual level. No matter the different names and titles which are present in the history used to refer to this mythical creature, the name which is in use in the modern era is a unicorn.

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