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5 Mythical Unicorn Facts for Kids

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Magical Unicorn Trivia for Little Children

The origin of unicorns can be traced back to the earliest civilizations with carvings of giant beasts with horse-like bodies and a large, pointed horns projecting from the tops of their heads. Some historians have found representations of the mythical animals in religious drawings and written works. Celtic mythology, from which the most popular version of unicorns in children's books and movies is derived, presents the unicorn as a symbol of purity, innocence, and magic. They are friendly creatures that possess healing powers through their magical horns. Here are a few incredible unicorn facts for children with imaginations that stretch deep into a land of fantasy. Be sure to check out the most adorable unicorn plush animals and gifts for kids for little ones who love these magical creatures.

 

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Pharmacies sold powdered medicine made from unicorn horns.

In the 16th century, pharmacists in London capitalized on the widespread belief in the healing power unicorns. They sold a concoction to the masses who hoped the unicorn powder would cure them of their ailments. Since unicorn horns were often difficult to come by, the horns of a walrus or rhinoceros were often used as a substitute.

 

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Ancient Greek civilizations believed unicorns were real.

A few prominent Ancient Greek academics professed to see unicorns with their own eyes. They spoke to the people about the existence of these beings in a distant place called India, somewhere so far away it almost seemed like a fantasy world. For this reason, unicorns are not written about in Greek mythology because they were not believed to be magical, mythical creatures. Rather, unicorns are written about in natural history books by Greek authors about India.

 

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Chinese culture recognizes unicorns as a spiritual creature.

The phoenix, tortoise, dragon, and unicorn are the four cornerstones of good luck in China. The Chinese philosopher Confucius believed that the appearance of a unicorn symbolized either the birth or death of a well-regarded individual. In fact, there is a Chinese unicorn called Chi Lin that represents a life of good fortune and longevity. This belief aligns with the attributes modern day society associates with unicorns- wisdom, good fortune, compassion, and healing.

 

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Unicorns do not have wings.

Contrary to popular belief, unicorns actually cannot fly. They trot, gallop, and bounce around on the ground. The horn's magical powers are used for healing others and not for taking flight. Many confuse unicorns with with the mythological creature Pegasus, which has a horse's body as well as magnificent wings allowing it to fly high across the sky. More recent literature has introduced a Pegacorn, a creature with a unicorn's horn and the wings of Pegasus.  

 

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Baby unicorns are called sparkles.

This name was affectionately assigned to newborn unicorns because of their colorful, sparkly appearance. Sparkles is also a common name for unicorns in children's books and movies. A more scientific name for a baby unicorn is a foal, since their bodies are similar to horses.

 

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