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Humans With Horns Myth or Reality? Truth is Stranger Than Fiction.
They say truth is stranger than fiction. And with truth comes enlightenment. What we have to realize is that myths and legends are always steeped in mythical and magical word of mouth down through the ages, with whispers twisting this way and that, weaving and elaborating tales that are so tall they reach the sky.
But somewhere within those magical tales the truth shines through like a golden thread. The things we believe, are sometimes the things we know. From the horned Gods of legend, to the woolly monster that is known as the yeti.
Giants, little people and Dragons. They all have their place in the modern world. We just have to look closer to see the truth.
Do you believe in Dragons?
Here we take a look at that golden thread, and see how our ancestors could really believe that these people and animals were really Gods.
The Horned Man. Myth.
From Herne the Hunter of Celtic British Myth, to the famous Devil in the Bible, horned men and women have been portrayed down the ages as something mystical and magical. Some believe they are evil, others say that they are the spirits of the forest.
Herne the Hunter from English Folklore is a ghost or Spirit that is said to haunt Windsor Great Park, home of the Queen. He was first mentioned in Shakespeare's play The Merry Wives of Windsor. He was said to be head keeper of the grounds of Windsor at the time of Elizabeth I but fell from grace by committing an offence and hanged himself in shame.
And of course the famous Pan of Greek legend was said to have horns.
But the myths and legends must have started somewhere. And this is the reason why we still believe in a modern world.
Horned skulls have been showing up in books and the internet for many years now, but are they actually real? There was one particular case from Pennsylvania that states a number of skulls were found that had horns, but they 'disappeared' before anyone could study them fully.
We don't actually need to see skulls to prove that people had horns. Archaeology may not show us the reality, but real people on the other hand, are a different matter.
Herne The Hunter.
Chinese Woman with Horn.
Horned People Fact. Cutaneous Horns.
It's a fact. People can and do grow horns out of their heads. The medical term is called Cutaneous Horns.
So what causes it?
There are various ideas about why this strange anomaly happens. Some scientists believe it could be caused by either radiation caused by too much sun exposure.
Others believe that the papillomavirus, that causes warts to form on the skin may be the answer. In some cases it can be either or both.
They can also occur because of a skin disease or trauma to the head.
The horns are made from Keratin the same substance that make up our hair and nails.
The largest horn that was recorded was from a woman named Madame Dimanche, a French woman who lived in the 19th Century. The horn measured over 9ins in length. The funny thing was that she took nearly six years before she asked a Doctor to remove it! She had a face cast taken just before the removal. (See below)
These days most seem to occur in China or East, the most famous being a 101 year old woman from Lushan Country China. Her name is Zhang Ruifang and according to her son, she started to grow the horn after she had a thick patch of skin start to form on her head. It just carried on growing, and she now believes that she has one growing on the other side too.
There is one 69 year old unknown woman who was given the nick name the Unicorn woman, for obvious reasons. In her case she said that she had been bumped on the head years ago, and the horn was the result. Evidently she put up with the horn for twenty years! But after its removal you couldn't see the scar.
Tokyo Medical University Department Specimen.
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Throughout history there have been many people who have grown horns because of what we now know is purely medical reasons. But back then in the depths of time, people would have believed in Horned Gods and Goddesses.
And to see them would have have made generations of people bow down to them, and worship them as Gods. as time has gone by, these strange and wonderful people have become legends.
These days we see them as a curiosity to be sympathised with or even laughed at. I think we have lost the magic of imagination and reverence.
The myths and legends that we now yearn for are taken apart, put in the spotlight and scorned as medical curiosities to be stared at and then forgotten.
Its a shame.
The strange thing is, the human psyche is still yearning for more. We desperately want to find Bigfoot and the Loch ness monster. We need to know that Aliens have landed. We want the magic of those days gone past. And yet they are staring us in the face.
Sometimes we need to see things as they are, and wonder at their uniqueness. That way we can give back the respect and dignity that these people deserve.
(c) copyright nell rose
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