posted on Jun, 3 2012 @ 12:53 PM
reply to post by Domo1
But Unicorns DO exist. As do the Ouroboros.
Bestiaries have animals in them from outside-of-European animals, many out of Africa.
Just because people were writing these books based upon animals that they had never personally seen, that does not mean that the animal did not exist
at all. They were deriving some of the information from older texts from people who may have been where the animals were. Sometimes they added in
information to make their Bestiaries "more epic", but that doesn't mean squat about the original information being fake.
So, when they say that Unicorns are Rhinos, they have some reason to:
Original texts on Unicorns use the plural for horns. The only way to be UNI and still have more than one is if they're talking about not having
mirroring horns like a cow or a deer has, Unicorns have no twinning of their horns, when they have more than one. Also, most older "drawings"
(from descriptions) put the unicorn as having a scaly or pebbled hide--which bears no resemblance to the modern idea of what a Unicorn should be. So
when people say that the original texts on Unicorns were talking about a Rhinoceros, they are pointing to texts nearly as old as the Roman Empire's
use of Rhinos in spectacles. Not that hard for this creature to be described and drawn from description, then embellished over the years, when the
connection is more than merely plausible.
So an Ouroboros is, modernly, a snake with it's tail in it's mouth. Earliest drawings give it legs--and call it a serpent. That means that
something is off in our understanding of what they meant, if they could draw legs and still call it a serpent (i.e. words change). The problem is
that the one lizard that is known to do this is from South Africa. It is too small to be used in the spetacles. But we forget that Europe has been
using information from the Roman Empire from nearly the beginning of the Empire, and Rome did go through Africa.
So: Another "fictitious animal" is real:
Therefore your argument falls a bit more than flat, when looking at which country was around which empires.