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I’ve just begun collaborating with this great blog called The Curious Beast, which posts articles on humanity, fictional characters, mythology, snippets of unfinished novels, and more! I’m going to be working on a series called Mythical Beasts where we explore the history and origins of various creatures from legend. Here’s a preview of my very first article!
MYTHICAL BEASTS SERIES: THE MAGICAL UNICORN
A dazzling pure white horse; a bearded and cloven-hoofed goat; a wild donkey with a white body, red head, and dark blue eyes. Each sporting a single horn. Each, in fact, a unicorn.
Anyone in our modern world could identify the unicorn as the pure white single-horned horse of the first description. We know it to be a highly magical creature, featuring in such works as Harry Potter, where the tail hairs are used to power wands, the horns are used in potions, and the blood can both sustain your life and curse you. In modern times, the unicorn has a fairly concrete and established image. All us know what one looks like, and if asked to describe it, would generally list the same details.
For people living in ancient times, however, their knowledge of the unicorn was gained by word of mouth from travelers around the globe, who told stories of sightings in distant lands. When the ancient Greeks wrote of unicorns, they were included in accounts of natural history because at that time, they were thought to be real.
So how did the unicorn go from expansive, varying myths across the globe to the unanimous image of modern times?
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The first article in the series, done by the lovely Sara who runs The Curious Beast, can be found right here. It’s on the Sphinx!
This is my first paid writing venture and I can’t tell you how excited I am! For those who don’t have tumblr but want to stay up-to-date with the happenings on The Curious Beast, you can like their facebook page here.
For the next article in the series, we’re thinking of concentrating on mermaids. What would you like to see?