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U Is For Unicorn
one of the most popular mythological animals
The unicorn is a mythological animal, whose spiral horn resembles the one found on the narwhal, a sea creature related to whales.
These myths are often based on occurrences in nature where horned animals are born with mutations that leave them with only one horn. You can find references to unicorns in many different world cultures and there have even been instances in the modern day when people purposely have worked to create them.
The unicorn is quite a unique creature, even in the world of myth from which it comes. Described as having the tail of a lion, the beard and hooves of a goat, yet the body of a horse, the unicorn is crowned with a singular horn growing from the center of its forehead. The word "unicorn" comes from the Latin meaning "one-horned."
Sometimes stories about unicorns have them male and female like other animals and sometimes there is only one unicorn and they don't say which it is.
It is often symbolic of purity, which is emphasized by its solitary depiction and white color. It is often said of unicorns that they can only be captured or tamed by virgin girls.
The unicorn is written about in Chinese and Western mythologies. In reality, it's horn most closely resembles that of the whale the narwhal.
Unicorns are considered by some to be mythological, and by others as being real. What do you think?
What Do Unicorns Eat?
Being as they are mythological, there is no real proof as to what unicorns eat, but the majority of stories have them eating the same food that horses would eat: hay, oats and other grassy plants.
Books and More on Unicorns
Learn About Unicorns
The Unicorn is one of the most mysterious of all animals. It has been glorified in folk tales, songs, poems, and stories for centuries; and it remains one of the great "unsolved mysteries" of the world.
- The Unicorn Tapestries | Explore & Learn | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
As early as the seventeenth century, the Unicorn Tapestries were documented as having been displayed as a group.
- The home of the Unicorns
The unicorn has been a topic of wonder and speculation for centuries. The writings of such men as Aristotle, Genghis Khan, Saint Thomas, and Saint Gregory reflect the fact that these men considered the unicorn as a very real creature.
Everything you ever wanted to know about unicorns.
- An Interview With An Actual, Real Life Wizard (Who Made Ten Unicorns)
Back in the 1980s, the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus boasted a "real life" Unicorn on its list of attractions.
- Man Made Unicorns in Unicorn Dreams at Lair 2000
Hundreds of unicorn jpeg pictures, unicorn poetry, animations, screensavers, desktop themes, puzzles, applets, mini,links on the unicorn theme. Unicorn facts
- The GuardHouse: Britannica The Unicorn
Though written accounts of Unicorns date only from only two-and-a-half millennia ago, depictions of the one-horned animal can be found as far back as the dawn of humankind's history.
Visions of Unicorns
Unicorns: Real or Not Real? - the unicorn debate
There's a lot of debate about if unicorns are "real" or not. Here's your chance to share what you think...
Do you believe in unicorns?