Do You Believe In Unicorns?


You’re either a believer or a skeptic when it comes to things of this nature. The unicorn legend has been around for centuries. We know that what people believed in way back then has changed colossally into the variated belief system of our time. Some of those old time beliefs never burn out, though. Some of them hang on through the ages; evolving, yet still alive and running strong. The unicorn is one of those timeless beliefs.

Unicorns have evolved through story telling and witness accounts of rare sightings. The first recorded history mentioning unicorns, was in the fifth century BC. It was in a book written by a Greek physician known as Ctesias. The book was titled, Indica. In this book Ctesias describes stories that had been told by traders who had encountered these mystical creatures in a far away exotic world, known today as India.

The unicorns of that time were described a bit differently from what they are depicted as today. Ctesias wrote that they were, “wild asses” and that they bore a horn of 28 inches. This horn was not the traditional white spiral of today’s unicorn. It did have white, but it was accompanied by red and black as well.


Pliny the Elder, a Roman writer and philosopher from the first century AD, mentioned “a very fierce animal called the monoceros which has the head of a stag, the feet of the elephant, and the tail of a boar, while the rest of the body is like that of the horse; it makes a deep lowing noise, and has a single black horn, which projects from the middle of it’s forehead, two cubits in length.”

Today’s unicorn is shown as a radiant white horse with one slender, long, horn protruding from it’s forehead. The peaceful demeanor of this beautiful white creature is far from the wild animal noted in the past. These changes are an intriguing part of the unicorns history. They could either make a person believe, or do the complete opposite.

A believer might claim that the changes in the unicorn are due to different perspectives. People will always see and interpret things in different ways. A skeptic will see only narwals and rhinoceros. Which side do you fall on?

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