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Was Uffington White Horse really a unicorn?


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#16    angi chiesa

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 02:20 AM

It may not be a horse,but for sure it never was a unicorn. It looks great as it is. Put a horn on it would make it look really stupid.


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Posted 24 December 2011 - 10:53 AM

you can't go around solving all your problems by turning them into unicorns..trust me I've tried.


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Posted 24 December 2011 - 09:02 PM

Ah well, seems its already been altered...

Or it could be that the Oxford Mail has surpassed itself in poor reporting/research - they have managed to use a picture of the Hackpen White Horse to illustrate its update to the story.

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 10:04 PM

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A horse with fangs?

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It doesn't look like a horse, it looks like some sort of cat.

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Edited by Abramelin, 24 December 2011 - 10:07 PM.


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Posted 26 December 2011 - 11:33 PM

I think it's a cat as well.  The body is long and slinky like a cougar, the legs are to short for a horse.  Those look like whiskers to me!


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Posted 27 December 2011 - 12:34 PM

View Post3.0, on 26 December 2011 - 11:33 PM, said:

I think it's a cat as well.  The body is long and slinky like a cougar, the legs are to short for a horse.  Those look like whiskers to me!

Yeah, that's even better:

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Edited by Abramelin, 27 December 2011 - 12:37 PM.


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Posted 27 December 2011 - 02:53 PM

It could be many different animals.
A horse (or unicorn) would be low on my list.


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Posted 27 December 2011 - 03:02 PM

View PostMyles, on 27 December 2011 - 02:53 PM, said:

It could be many different animals.
A horse (or unicorn) would be low on my list.

A bit more about what kind of animal it could have been originally:

Stylistically, the horse has often been compared with horses depicted on 1st century BC coins from southern England. Although there are clear similarities, there are also important differences. The coins have a rather charming horse motif made up of thick, bowed bodies, straight-line leg and tail segments and big, dotty knees. The peculiarities of these horses are largely due to the successive inabilities of several generations of coin engravers to copy the original Macedonian coins where the design first came from. However, in terms of “horseness” these engravers really understood horses.

The same cannot be said for the carvers at Uffington. There is a vague sense of “horseness”, but you could just as easily argue its sense of “dogness” or “dragon-ness” or even “ferretness”.


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This figure resembles a cat or dragon more than a horse, but it had been known as a horse for many centuries. Its present appearance is attributed to the Iron Age, parallels having been drawn with disjointed horses on coins of immediate pre-Roman Britain. However, the ancient attribution as a horse, not a cat or dragon leads one to suspect that the appearance has not always been the same. Cut in the north escarpment of the Berkshire Downs overlooking the Icknield Way, the figure faces northwest on a slope of thirty degrees. At present, it is 365 feet in length, and can be seen from at least 20 miles away.

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Edited by Abramelin, 27 December 2011 - 03:03 PM.


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Posted 27 December 2011 - 05:00 PM

View PostAbramelin, on 24 December 2011 - 10:04 PM, said:

Posted Image

A horse with fangs?

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It doesn't look like a horse, it looks like some sort of cat.

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What you're interpreting as fangs could just as easily be seen as lips.

http://www.google.co...l1370l0.3.4l7l0

The fact that there are a number of other such carvings throughout England all of which are in-arguably horses would tend to lead to the conclusion that it too is a horse.

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 05:12 PM

View PostOniomancer, on 27 December 2011 - 05:00 PM, said:

What you're interpreting as fangs could just as easily be seen as lips.

http://www.google.co...l1370l0.3.4l7l0

The fact that there are a number of other such carvings throughout England all of which are in-arguably horses would tend to lead to the conclusion that it too is a horse.

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 06:36 PM

View PostOniomancer, on 27 December 2011 - 05:00 PM, said:

What you're interpreting as fangs could just as easily be seen as lips.

http://www.google.co...l1370l0.3.4l7l0

The fact that there are a number of other such carvings throughout England all of which are in-arguably horses would tend to lead to the conclusion that it too is a horse.

Lol, then those things would be really huge lips.Man, the Uffington horse looks nothing like a horse.

Either the socalled 'repairs' throughout the ages destroyed the original horse-image beyond recognition, or it was never meant to depict a horse.

I didn't want to post it in the "Oera Linda" thread, but it could be one of Freya's cats (she drove a carriage pulled by cats). In that thread I tried to explain that one of the alternative names for the 'Heel Stone' (in Stonehenge), 'Freya's He-ol' is nothing but 'Freya's Hall' or Sessrumnir, an alternative name some Nordic gave to Stonehenge.

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Edited by Abramelin, 27 December 2011 - 06:48 PM.


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Posted 27 December 2011 - 07:52 PM

Wow, I've learned some cool stuff about the Uffington, um, animal. Kind of moot, but cool.
No matter what the critter is supposed to be, lame that someone would want to deface that 3,000 year old art to suit their fancy. If the people that made it had meant for it to have a horn, it would have a horn already.


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Posted 28 December 2011 - 01:29 AM

View Postrashore, on 27 December 2011 - 07:52 PM, said:

Wow, I've learned some cool stuff about the Uffington, um, animal. Kind of moot, but cool.
No matter what the critter is supposed to be, lame yeah, that someone would want to deface that 3,000 year old art to suit their fancy. If the people that made it had meant for it to have a horn, it would have a horn already.

I doesn't


A 'horn'.

Only a true idot would suggest something like that.

But this site is filled to the brim with people believing any kind of crap that will suit their fancy.

Come on: the image looks nothing like a horse.

Not like a horse where I live, anyway.

Edited by Abramelin, 28 December 2011 - 01:47 AM.


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Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:25 AM

It would be funny if they put an horn on it then found out it was a cat.

it's a religious symbol and its there attempt at catching the spirit of a horse, or a horse in motion, there were no big cats in Britain at this time they had the Lynx and the British wild cat and the Uffington horse doesn't look like either.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 01:20 PM

View Posthetrodoxly, on 28 December 2011 - 10:25 AM, said:

It would be funny if they put an horn on it then found out it was a cat.

it's a religious symbol and its there attempt at catching the spirit of a horse, or a horse in motion, there were no big cats in Britain at this time they had the Lynx and the British wild cat and the Uffington horse doesn't look like either.
It doesn't look like a horse either.





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