A unicorn is a mythological animal resembling a horse with a single,
large, spiraling and pointed horn (the alicorn) in its forehead. Unicorns are
fast and brave creatures and usually white.
Through the pass of the years, some people believe in the existence and they have magical abilities like the abilities of heal diseases, purify water, protect against poison and others. Since the ancient times, people believe that the unicorn magical power was hidden in its horn and that only virgin and innocent people could see the unicorns because they were so innocent and pure. That’s why, in most images of unicorns in the Middle Age, these magical creatures appear beside or over virgins and pure maidens.
Probably, the idea of unicorn horn we have is because some traders sold narwhal´s tusks like unicorn horns. In denmark, the royal throne was made of “unicorns horns” but now a days we know that the real thing is the throne was made of Norwegian narwhal´s tusks.
This fabulous creature appeared in early Mesopotamian artworks and in the ancient myths of China (Qilin, the Chinese unicorn equivalent) and India.
Unicorns are not found in Greek mythology, but the ancient Greek writers of natural history were convinced about the unicorns exist and they lived in India. The first unicorn description is in the book Indika (“On India”) of Ctesias (a Greek historian and physician, 416-398 B.C). Probably, the animal of Ctesias description was the rhinoceros.
Although, at first it was thought that the unicorns had the body of a goat, rhinoceros or ass, then their image was consolidated as a horse.
In heraldy, these magical creatures were the symbol of Scotland for many years and they appeared in golden coins of that country between the 15th and 16th century.
By the way, are real unicorns? It is very difficult to give an exact answer to this question because unicorns have been present in the minds of people for several centuries and in many books and paintings too.
Nowadays, unicorns have become part of our modern culture through movies, books, games, stories and social media and we used them as symbols of fantasy.
Unicorns live so deep in the forests and only the chosen can see them. Until the date, no one could catch a real unicorn as to prove they are real.
So, if you think unicorns exist, just keep that in your mind, because probably they exist.