Medieval European legendary creatures: Golem, Unicorn, Bestiary, Salamander, Cuco, Cynocephaly, Vegetable Lamb of Tartary, Aspidochelone

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9781156130650: Medieval European legendary creatures: Golem, Unicorn, Bestiary, Salamander, Cuco, Cynocephaly, Vegetable Lamb of Tartary, Aspidochelone
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 36. Chapters: Golem, Unicorn, Bestiary, Salamander, Cuco, Cynocephaly, Vegetable Lamb of Tartary, Aspidochelone, Cockatrice, Monopod, Wyvern, Crocotta, Ogre, Blemmyes, Sea monk, Hircocervus, Panther, Yale, Calygreyhound, Hydrus, Petermännchen, Monocerus, Chichevache, Bishop-fish, Myrmecoleon, Scitalis, Bicorn, Machlyes, Leontophone, Forest Bull, Seps, Cericopithicus, Hypnalis, Callitrix, Gold-digging ant, Satyrus, Pard, Ypotryll, Dipsa, Muscaliet, Orphan Bird, Mandi, Ethiopian pegasus, Hercinia, Parandrus, Calingi, Hydros, Pandi, Macrocephali, Indus worm, Struthopodes, Gorgades, Echeneis, Syrictæ, Syrbotae, Chromandi, Nuli. Excerpt: The unicorn is a legendary animal commonly portrayed as a white horse with a goat's beard and a large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead. First mentioned by the ancient Greeks, it became the most important imaginary animal of the middle ages and Renaissance when it was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin. In the encyclopedias its horn was said to have the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness. Until the 19th century, belief in unicorns was widespread among historians, alchemists, writers, poets, naturalists, physicians, and theologians. Gilt statue of a unicorn on the Council House, BristolUnicorns are not found in Greek mythology, but rather in accounts of natural history, for Greek writers of natural history were convinced of the reality of the unicorn, which they located in India, a distant and fabulous realm for them. The earliest description is from Ctesias who described them as wild asses, fleet of foot, having a horn a cubit and a half in length and colored white, red and black. Aristotle must be following Ctesias when he mentions two one-horned animals, the ory...

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