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#1    Guest__*

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Posted 24 June 2001 - 03:18 AM

It's stupid, I know. We take unicorns as mythical one-horned horses that only live in fairy tales and stories, but could they have been more than just a myth. I'm not much of a specialist at this subject, but I'd love to hear your opinions one these creatures.


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Posted 24 June 2001 - 09:44 AM

Here is some information about unicorns:

The Unicorn was a mystical creature described in ancient Greek and Roman myths. They were placed among virgin saints and said to be an emblem of purity. Though it would fight savagely when cornered, it could be tamed by a virgin's touch. During the Middle Ages, and even later, the unicorn's horn (as it was alleged to be), because of its fabled purity, was a popular ingredient for medicines and for alchemical reactions. Potentates and pontiffs obtained reputed unicorn's horn because it was considered a strong protection against poison. The horn was also believed to ward off stomach trouble and epilepsy. The Unicorn is found throughout world legends.
Cryptozoologists have been alerted to sightings of the unicorn throughout the world, but especially in India, where it was once thought to be a native beast.



TIMELINE OF SIGHTINGS
Sightings When, Where and by Whom

Emperor Fu Hsi- China- 5,000 YEARS AGO
Emperor Huang Di- Emperor's Garden in China- 2697 B.C.
Confucius- China- 551-479 B.C.
Emperor Yao- China- ABOUT 2,000 B.C.
Ctesias- India- 4th CENTURY B.C.
Alexander The Great- Asia- 3rd CENTURY B.C.
Julius Caesar- Germany- 1st CENTURY B.C.
Prester John- Asia- MID-1100's
Genghis Khan- India- EARLY 1200's

THE PAOMNNEHAL PWEOR OF THE HMUAN MNID Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg. Can you? ;)

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Posted 02 July 2001 - 05:01 PM

>:(   Sorry, but I must clarify something.  The original post, she was asking if, basically, the Unicorn was a Myth.  We all know it too be.  So why would you even conceed to write her and say that it's horn was used for potions, because of it's purity.  You are reading that from a fairy tale, correct?  I mean, there has never been any concrete evidence of this creature, and it comes originally from ancient beliefs, that much you said is correct.  Then how can you explain it being used for remedies of any kind??  I mean, you were kidding right?  Does anybody else see where I am going with this??  How can something be a fable, but yet be used for potions to cure whatever ails you??  Teresa :-*


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Posted 03 July 2001 - 04:02 AM

Teresa

Reminds of the discussions on the Philadelphia Experiment Magikman, SaRuMaN and myself used to have. I had quite a lengthy post explaining in detail about the legend of the experiment without stating what I believe.

I was then rebuked by Magikman(you're not surprised by that are you?)for writing about such an elaborate hoax until I explained that I was just writing the details in case someone wanted a bit more information on the subject.

Although Dowdy didn't specifically state his beliefs one way or the other on the subject, he was probably explaining about the legend of unicorns in more detail, including a lot of famous people who allegedly seen them, just in case someone might be interested, since the topic had already been brought up.

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Posted 03 July 2001 - 04:53 AM

Teresa,
     Read the post again. Very carefully this time. Now at the start of the post i said 'Here is some information about unicorns' i did not say Here is some FACTS about unicorns.


Have A Nice Day :)

THE PAOMNNEHAL PWEOR OF THE HMUAN MNID Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg. Can you? ;)

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Posted 03 July 2001 - 05:31 AM

:-*  Nothing surprises me about Magikman.   :-*
 I still must say that I read it pretty thoroughly, and still came to the same conclusion about what you said.  Sorry.   :'(
 It is information that is still, undeniably incorrect.  You say during the Middle Ages and later, it was used, because of it's FABLED PURITY,  for medicines and alchemical reactions; right??  I mean you did say that, Am I reading this monitor upside down???  I don't mean to sound crass, well maybe just alittle???  Must be something about me :-*  Just making sure that fables stay away from reality. Really now boys, is that sooo bad?
  Teresa   :-*


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Posted 03 July 2001 - 06:39 AM

Unicorns, like many thing in the middle ages, were made up. Why? i don't know. They were like vampires, werewolfs, witches, wizards and with all those topics you can find information on them. eg. i got a book a home that tells you how to become werewolfs and it told why and how people became vampires. They are all not real but they are what people thought at the time about vampires and werewolfs. people thought when you were bitten by a vampire you would become one aswell. it was their beliefs at the time and it's the same with unicorns. it's what people believed the unicorns horn will do at the time but today we are much smarter then to believe of such impossible creatures. everything that was blamed on demons in the middle ages is now blamed on U.F.O's and Aliens. like crop circles.

THE PAOMNNEHAL PWEOR OF THE HMUAN MNID Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg. Can you? ;)

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Posted 03 July 2001 - 02:49 PM

:-*  Very good point.     :-*


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Posted 03 July 2001 - 07:43 PM

Dowdy does have a very good point, but when he wears a hat, nobody will notice ;D

Just kidding Dowdy.

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Posted 03 July 2001 - 07:50 PM

:)  See, I am not so evil after all.   :-*


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Posted 17 July 2001 - 05:26 PM

Ala,

I think that the myth of Unicorns is a nice story, but its not true.  It would be cool if there was such a thing as a Unicorn.  Im not a specialist in the subject either.  I really dont know that much about them.

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Posted 17 July 2001 - 08:27 PM

      If you think about it,like Dowdy said, even the myth was valued for the horn.  So if it were real, it would be extinct now!!! :-/




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Posted 24 July 2001 - 12:19 AM

a while ago some farmer had a cow born and as it grew its horns grew together into one big horn, like a unicorn so mabye their could be such a thing.


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Posted 24 July 2001 - 05:01 AM

I am one to believe that once upon a time Unicorns roamed the Earth. However i dont believe they flew or had any magic powers. They were just a normal horse with a horn on its head. Many other creatures have horns why not a horse. I believe that these creatures got wiped out many many years ago because of the value of their horn.

Dowdy gave us a list of different people of different countries in the past who saw this beast. Do you need anymore proof.

And for those who think its just a creature of mythology, i am one to believe that some mythology could be true. Who says 2000 years into the future where not going to look back on Religions of this world and think it was all a myth. An example of a story that is a myth. The knot that could not be untied, a Greek story of a knot that nobody could untie and then Alexander the Great came along and cut it with his sword and said look i did it. How could this story be a myth if Alexander the Great existed??

Stories change through time (Chinese wispers)and get exagerated. This is mythology for you (old testament).



                     

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Posted 24 July 2001 - 05:20 AM

I agree with you about Myths being varied, from culture to culture, but to say that people from different spans of the world have 'seen' these creatures??  Yes, the answer to your question is, I would definately need more proof than just word of mouth.  Now think about that, if 15 'credible' people said they saw a pig with wings, would you just believe it, because not only one person said that they had seen it??  I am a 'show me' sort of person, so until a Unicorn bites me in the butt, I will think nothing more of it then a magical story that was told numourous times to me as a child; as in many cultures....  Really, you need to start seeing things through your own eyes, believe what you see, not what you are told.  If you are looking for some good stories; with my overactive imagination, I am sure that I could give you a couple of good ones.  And, perhaps, even convince you that they are real...  It is called 'the power of persuasion, some have this talent more than others....  I am not dogging you, just don't be so gullible....  Reese :-*





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