Top 10 Mythical Horses

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The mythology of the world encompasses in it various creatures in it. These creatures are completely different from those we see in normal life. However, one animal which is found most in the ancient world history is the “Horse”. Horses have been the most important part of various mythologies whether it is Chinese or Greek or Turkish or Asian. Various forms of horse have loaded the pages of history. Here is the list of few famous mythical horses in the world:

 

1. Unicorn

Unicorn

Unicorn is one of the most important creatures of the mythical stories. The unicorn can be describes a horse which has a horn on his head, a goat’s beard and cloven hooves. The unicorn was amongst the creatures which were friendly to humans and posed no harm to them. It was also said the unicorn’s horn has magical effect of neutralising the effect of poison. Unicorns first appeared in the descriptions of Indus valley civilisations.

 

2. Bucephalus

Bucephalus

The horse is famous because of its master, Alexander the Great. Since Alexander was no ordinary man, how could he ride something so ordinary, so Bucephalus was the horse for him? The horse was the off spring of the most powerful horse in that area. The horse was so wild and ferocious that it could be handled just by Alexander. The horse has resemblance to an ox as it bears two horns. Also the horse was a man eating monster.

 

3. Chollima

Chollima

Korean mythology gave rise to this famous mythical horse in China’s ancient history. The literal meaning of Chollima is “thousand ri horses”. Here “ri” was a unit of measurement which was equivalent to 311 miles or approx. 500 kms. The horse could travel such a long distance and thus very fast and swift. It was so fast that it could not be ridden by any mortal human being. It was analogous to the western Pegasus version. It is also the name of the national football team of Korea.

 

4. Kelpies

Kelpies

Kelpies were one amongst the beautiful breathtaking horses of mythological times. The horse had magical powers of changing shapes and was haunting the rivers and other water bodies of Scotland. They were not known to be friendly to humans, more specifically they were man-eaters, and they lured small kids and later ate them. They used to mate with the other mortal horses and their off springs had hooves of golden colour. These off springs hid deep inside the waters when they sensed any sort of danger.

 

5. Tulpar

Tulpar

Tulpar is also one of the most important mythological horses in the ancient history. Tulpar has its origin in the ancient turkey mythology. They have also appeared in some Asian mythological stories. According to one Asian legend a Tuvan hero used the Tulpar’s remains to invent the fiddle. The creature has horse’s body and bird’s wing which are symbolic of hunting in Central Asia. Kazakhstan and Mongolia have Tulpar on their state emblems. Tulpar is said to be analogous to Pegasus of the western mythology.

 

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