Features: Horse-like creatures with a horn on their foreheads
Source: Various Mythology and Folklore
Unicorns are most commonly known as beautiful solitary white horses with a single horn on their foreheads.
These magnificent beasts represent purity and righteousness.
In the past, these legendary creatures have also been described as having the body of a wild ass and bearing the colors of white, red and black.
Other descriptions include the body of a horse, the head of a stag, feet of an elephant, the tail of a boar and a single long black horn.
The more traditional version describes these magnificent mythical creatures with a spiral horn on their foreheads, a Billy goat’s beard, a lion’s tail and with cloven hooves.
The only way to capture one of these mystic equines was to entrap one by using a virgin maiden as bait. Virgin maidens could effortlessly lure one of these beautiful creatures to rest on their lap, defenseless.
Their horns could be used for medicine against poisonings.
The demise of one of these pure creatures always left despair in the loom.
Anyone that would dare to destroy such an honest and wholesome creature for selfish gain was always doomed for misery.
FUN FACT: Apparently Lady Gaga is gaga over these magical horses. Her fascination stems from playing with My Little Pony toys when she was a child.