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Unicorns in southern Africa: The fascinating story behind one-horned creatures in rock art


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One-horned creatures are found in myths around the world. Although unicorns in different cultures have little to do with one another, they have multiple associations in European thought.

For example, the Roman natural historian Pliny the Elder wrote about unicorns in the first century AD. The unicorn features in both medieval Christian and Celtic beliefs, and is Scotland’s national animal. The unicorn’s prominence in European culture spread across the globe with colonisation.

In southern Africa, colonial European ideas encountered older indigenous beliefs about one-horned creatures. I’ve highlighted this in a recent research article about some of the region’s rock art.

In the age of natural science, unicorns were gradually dismissed as mythical rather than biological creatures. But some thought that real animals with single horns might yet exist in the “unexplored wilds” of Africa.

https://theconversation.com/unicorns-in-southern-africa-the-fascinating-story-behind-one-horned-creatures-in-rock-art-202395

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There have been and still are some one horned animals that are not unicorns as we depict them today.

Beyond that people have been drawing things that do not and never have existed as long as art has existed.

It's unfortunate that the article does not include images of said drawings.
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15 hours ago, esoteric_toad said:

It's unfortunate that the article does not include images of said drawings.

 They're in the source link in my OP.

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Mermaid legends in Africa are old. For example
Google mamy wata.

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And I see a creature standing sideways so that only 1 horn shows because they are lined up 

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14 hours ago, Roshman said:

Mermaid legends in Africa are old. For example
Google mamy wata.

Which became the Cymbees in Hoodoo. 

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