Why Are Unicorns Ubiquitous and Where Did Unicorns Come From?
By Lisa Caprelli
I like the idea that unicorns are unique. In a time where we celebrate cultural diversity, it was a no brainer that the children’s book series would focus on a unicorn. So far, at places I have traveled to, at airports, I have seen babies, toddlers, girls, women and men wearing unicorn apparel and merchandise.
If you’re a child, unicorns are ubiquitous. For most girls of all ages, I might add, they are noticed everywhere from birthday parties, to apparel, merchandise, food, oh, so much!
On Instagram alone, #Unicorns will tag over 2.1 million posts
#UnicornLover 11.9 million posts
#UnicornLovers over 111k million posts
#UnicornioLovers over 28k posts
And the Unicorn Hashtag list goes on!
Unicorns have been the center of many fantasies in the world. Its unique appearance has mesmerized the world since the 5th Century. To figure out why there is such a fascination with this particular fictional animal, we have to go back to its origins.
- The unicorn appeared in early Mesopotamian artworks, and it also was referred to in the ancient myths of India and China.
- Unicorns were first mentioned by a Greek writer named Ctesias (c. 400 BCE), who related that the Indian wild ass was the size of a horse, with a white body, purple head, and blue eyes, and on its forehead was a cubit-longhorn colored red at the pointed tip, black in the middle, and white at the base. Those who drank from a unicorn horn would be protected from stomach ailments, epilepsy, and poison.
Unicorns were described as being fast, light on their feet and difficult to capture. In fact, it is said that he received these exotic tales from his time in Persia. As the legends spread, cultures created their own versions.
There are similar symbolizations within many cultures and the main differences are the unicorn’s colors. In Chinese lore, unicorns are red, blue and yellow. They are legendary creatures that symbolize a form of rarity, pureness, and grace.
It is mostly represented worldwide by a white horse-like animal that has a long horn in the middle of its head.
Although unicorns are sometimes depicted differently around the world, they still hold the same prominence to everyone that is aware of its mythology.
Unicorns are known for their magical abilities:
Ancient cultures considered it a real animal while in present day it is considered to be a myth. Some of the most popular stories about unicorns came from Europeans and the Greek. It gained worldwide popularity because of the belief that it carried magical powers.
In the early ages it was believed to have the power to cure illnesses and act as a remedy for poison. It was highly sought after by people with affluence and nobility because they wanted protection and a longer lifespan. However, it is also fun to think about a magical creature that could cure all and bring luck.
There is a possible explanation for the myth. Many people believe that it was actually rhinoceroses that were being seen by travelers and that they might have over exaggerated their stories along the way.