Happy Saturday my interwebs friends!
UPDATE: This afternoon, Kissed by Darkness hit #72 in paranormal over on Amazon UK. That’s the highest it’s ever been and I think it deserves a big fat SQUEE!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Now on to our regularly scheduled programming.)
Today I have something truly magical to share with you. Please place all drinking beverages safely at arms length. Ready? Okay.
Yeah, don’t feel bad. I nearly wet myself two.
Well, yesterday over on author Anne-Mhairi Simpson’s blog there was a Great Debate on unicorns vs. dragons. Dragons won. Duh.
But that got me thinking about those little one-horned horses. Are they really as fluffy as we tend to think?
But could there be more?
So I did a little research.
Now here’s the kicker. The mythology of unicorns originated with the Greeks. Yet strangely, unicorns aren’t found in Greek mythology, but in rather in accounts of natural history. In fact, up until sometime in the 19th century historians and naturalists believed unicorns were real creatures.
Now all this is quite cool, but it doesn’t take away from the fluffy. Especially since it went hand in hand with the belief that unicorns had magical powers of healing AND, get this, could be captured only by virgins.
What? Was the virgin wearing a brand? A t-shirt, maybe?
Oh, don’t even get me started. As a liberated woman of the 21st century, the idea that a woman’s worth is wrapped up in the status of her vajayjay just makes me see red.
But I digress.
Fortunately for the unicorn, these ridiculous virgin myths aren’t the only ones. In fact, the Chinese believed in a decidedly less fluffy version of the unicorn.
In fact, after seeing one wander through the palace of Emperor Huang-ti, the emperor invented musical instruments. Not only that, but he taught his people how to build brick houses and united the Chinese tribes. And when he died, the k’i-lin reappeared to take him off to paradise.
Very noble indeed. And yet there is still another side to the unicorn coin. This is how explorer Marco Polo described them:
“Scarcely smaller than elephants. They have the hair of a buffalo and feet like an elephant’s. They have a single large black horn in the middle of the forehead. They have a head like a wild boar’s. They spend their time by preference wallowing in mud and slime. They are very ugly brutes to look at. They are not at all such as we describe them when we relate that they let themselves be captured by virgins, but clean contrary to our notions.”
I guess my point is that like most things in mythology, a unicorn can be whatever you want it to be. Strong and noble, wise and good, ugly and brutal, or even, dare I say, pink and fluffy and dancing on rainbows.
So, tell me, which unicorn do you prefer?