Half way through only looking at the drawings and noticing names I recognize. There are a lot of pictures of fire coming from the sky. And in particular genetic mutations as a result......? There's an 'english' translation I'll read after I peruse the artwork....... The book is supposedly a true history of the world of course now denied as mere fantasy fiction.quite huge too, will take an while to look at
I am not sure, I have not been looking for the age thing. Alexander the Great supposed to be pretty old, but looks like he could be a medieval character.KorbenDallas - What is the oldest representation of a unicorn you were able to find?
As pure speculation, for unicorns, in most tales they are depicted as being very particular, only allowing the pure, chaste, calm, good, respectful, or similar other positive qualities near them or to ride them. If, as some people think, there is something different about our current rulers/the history stealers is it too far-fetched to think that unicorns may have been able to detect that difference and shied away from such people? To me this could explain a few things.That leads me to question why their existence would be converted to myth?
Similarly, if there was a group that was “unworthy” that wanted to rule and control everyone and everything and there was an animal that could so easily identify them as such and that this would be trusted by the general people, then it would make sense that they would want to remove or eliminate the animal so that there wouldn’t be such a clear reason to remove them from power.Well, you guys have those The Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries. Apparently, the original workmanship of the tapestries still remains unanswered at the present.
I think there is a unicorn on urbano's map of 1587... And of course when I go to look for pictures of it I can't get my phone to zoom in well enough to find it...
Alicorno.... Maybe someone already thought of this.. Maybe most of the creatures on Urbano's map is heraldry and not real creatures (not inferring they never existed because what were they basing their heraldry off of). Korben did you already write something about the peculiarity of the unicorn being in chains?
Nope. I have a very superficial understanding. Unicorn as it pertains to England, Scotland, Russia and Tartaria is pretty confusing.Korben did you already write something about the peculiarity of the unicorn being in chains?
BUT and I have a BIG BUTT (lol) I have issuses with the time of authorship!The unicorn, which has long been regarded as a fabulous creature, really exists in Thibet. You find it frequently represented in the sculptures and paintings of the Buddhic temples. Even in China, you often see it in the landscapes that ornament the inns of the northern provinces. The inhabitants of Atdza spoke of it, without attaching to it any greater importance than to the other species of antelopes which abound in their mountains. We have not been fortunate enough to see the unicorn during our travels in Upper Asia. But all we were there told about it serves to confirm the curious details which Klaproth has published on this subject in the new Journal Asiatique. We think it not irrelevant p. 246to give here an interesting note which that learned orientalist has added to his translation of the “Itinerary of Lou-Hoa-Tchou.”
“The unicorn of Thibet is called, in the language of this country, serou; in Mongol, kere; and in Chinese, tou-kio-cheou: which means the one-horned animal, or kio-touan, the straight horn. The Mongols sometimes confound the unicorn with the rhinoceros, called in Mantchou, bodi-gourgou; and in Sanscrit, khadga; calling the latter also, kere.”
The unicorn is mentioned, for the first time, by the Chinese, in one of their works, which treats of the history of the first two ages of our era. It is there said that the wild horse, the argali, and the kio-touan, are animals foreign to China; that they belong to Tartary, and that they use the horns of the latter to make the bows called unicorn bows.
The Chinese, Mahometans, and Mongol historians agree in the following tradition, relative to a fact which took place in 1224, when Tchinggiskhan was preparing to attack Hindostan. “This conqueror having subdued Thibet,” says the Mongol history, “set out to penetrate into Enedkek (India.) As he was ascending Mount Djadanaring, he perceived a wild beast approaching him, of the species called serou, which has but one horn on the top of the head. This beast knelt thrice before the monarch, as if to show him respect. Every one being astonished at this event, the monarch exclaimed: ‘The Empire of Hindostan is, they say, the birth-place of the majestic Buddhas and the Buddhistavas, and also of the powerful Bogdas or princes of antiquity. What then can be the meaning of this dumb animal saluting me like a human being?’ Having thus spoke, he returned to his country.” Although this circumstance is fabulous, it demonstrates, nevertheless, the existence of a one-horned animal on the upper mountains of Thibet. There are further, in this country, places deriving their name from the great number of these animals, which, in fact, live there in herds; for example, the district of Serou-Dziong, which means, the village of the land of unicorns, and which is situate in the eastern part of the province of Kham, towards the frontier of China.
A Thibetian manuscript, which the late Major Lattre had an opportunity of examining, calls the unicorn the one-horned tsopo. A horn of this animal was sent to Calcutta: it was fifty centimetres in length, and twelve centimetres in circumference from the root; it grew smaller and smaller, and terminated in a point. It p. 247was almost straight, black, and somewhat flat at the sides. It had fifteen rings, but they were only prominent on one side.
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