Dearest me, did I really say that? I crushed my granddaughter’s heart the day I revealed to her that “unicorns weren’t real,” and, emphatically added, “they did not dance on rainbows.” Why? I thought I was doing the “grandmotherly” thing and told her what I believed as truth. Yet, how could I explain away that even I dabble in fables dusted with a hint of other-worldly magic, as easily as dusting our movie time popcorn with salt?
I retracted my statement. And like every great parent, I now buy her everything “unicorn” that I can get my hands on. Hoping, she will forget those atrocious words that came out of my mouth. Right?
How exactly did Scotland come up with this mystical white pony to be it’s country’s talisman? ( I see that most times it is depicted the size of a horse, but also has been represented as small as a goat, so pony is plausible.)
The unicorn was largely known as the lion’s nemesis, even going so far as using the terminology of “hating” one another, folklore takes this theory back to the time of ancient Babylon. England Royals developed the ideogram of the Lion challenging the Unicorn sometime in the 1200’s, illustrating their fight for the crown.
King Robert in the late 1300’s adopted the noblest and purest of animals as Scotland’s national mascot. How could one not fall in love with its dominating majesty in using its power for all of animal kind against those who sought to harm them?
A scientist disproved the delicate, yet ferocious horse as being real in the year of 1825, leading me, of course, in my errant line of thinking. But, as scholarly types will do, he, too, was discredited by an experiment performed in 1900 with a bull calf proving it was possible for this particular creature to have roamed the countryside, and maybe, pranced across a rainbow or two.
For well over 4000 years the regal beast was believed to be real and is seen in historical written texts from “how to” prepare in cookbooks to their herding habits all across the world. Animals today still exist with the noted characteristics of the unicorn from personality, their habits, a single horn, yet, don’t reside in Europe and possibly encouraging its misrepresentation.
There is no doubt the animal’s influence impacted society in a variety of ways. If the white palatial equine wasn’t a flesh and blood breathing creature how could the myth be ingrained so easily amongst the hordes? Fairy-tales, farce?
The unicorn’s horn was known to cure any affect or effects of poison, a real thing presented to society as a tangible product by merchants in various forms…to touch, use and trade, authentic or not, but hype, as we know, can go a long way.
Has this solved the debate? Absolutely not. The argument continues and has shown that the fight against good and evil will continue throughout the centuries in various mediums and forms. The power of the mind leaves no greater force to be reckoned with.
Ask me the question again, “Absolutely, believe in all things great and never hold your imagination back. Fly my little pony, fly.”
Write On! ❤ Jess