Thursday, September 8, 2011

Virgin Territory

The mythical unicorn had the body of a horse, beard of a goat, and the tail of a lion.  The one-horned beast became a legendary symbol of magic and power, for it was believed that the horn could neutralize poison.  The unicorn was reputed to be such a fierce animal that no one could capture him - except a real virgin. because the unicorn would gently lay his head in her lap.

Of course, a real virgin was much easier to find than a real unicorn, but the legend persisted for centuries.  Caesar told of a unicorn in his "Tall Tales", and the Green historian Ctesias of Cnidas wrote of seeing a unicorn goblet while a guest of the King of Persia in 4 B.C.

Okay, so Jake Gyllenhaal may not be the actual king but...
  He sure makes a HAWT Prince of Persia.  Am I right or am I right?!

A unicorn goblet was the best that Elizabeth I could find - even though she was a real virgin - at the cost of 10,000 pounds.  

Gee, I'm sure that sent her financial ministers reeling.


  1. *drools over Jake*


    I've always been interested in myths like this. They seem so absolutely ridiculous to us, but people in the past actually believed them. It's so interesting!