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Transcript of Unicorns

Why I Chose my topic
I chose my topic because I have always loved unicorns. And I wanted to choose a topic I would never get bored with. And Unicorns are just one of those things that was interesting to me and something that I wanted to learn more about.
Are Unicorns Still
Relevant Today?

By Zoe Reynolds
My Question
Is the unicorn myth still relevant in popular culture?
What 3 things does a unicorn symbolize?
Hello, this is my story. If I don't say so myself I am pretty special.
I am a symbol of purity, rarity, power, and my beauty is renowned.
My appearance is interesting.
I have a body like a dear or donkey.
I have a horn that spirals out of my head.
Now my cousins all look a bit different depending on where they come from
There was a time when people new me and cared for me.
In the bible I was associated with God's strength.
I have symbolized Christ and my horn symbolized the cross.
I am attracted to virgins.
I am also associated with the devil and Christ.
what does the Latin word Unicornis mean?
Chinese Emperor Hoang-Ti Ki'Lin- Dragon like, a wise unicorn that only appeared in times of great importance.
2697 BC
Ctesias, a Greek physician and Historian court of Darious the II king of Persia.
416 BCE
398 BCE
Ctesius writes
"There are in India certain wild asses which are as large as horses, and larger. Their bodies are white, their heads dark red, and their eyes dark blue. They have a horn on the forehead which is about a foot and a half in length. The base of this horn, for some two hands'-breadth above the brow, is pure white; the upper part is sharp and of a vivid crimson; and the remainder, or middle portion, is black. "
200 BCE
Alexander started conquering parts of Northwest India. Aristotle and Roman historian Pliny the Elder mentioned unicorns as animals in India.
72 Jewish scholars in Alexandria translated old testament into Greek referred to Re'Em as "Monoceros" = One horn. When Greek Bible translated to Latin word became "unicornis".
The council of Trent ruled that unicorns as allusions to Christ should no longer be put in art work.
Baron Cuvier attempted to disprove the unicorns existence. He said that cloven hoofed animals could not grow a horn over a division of bone in it's forehead.
19th Century
Baron was such an influence that there was an extreme decline in popular belief.
Unicorn Love
What did the unicorns horn symbolize?
Modern Day
They have made books, movies and cartoons about unicorns.
The secular and religious myths have been lost in popular culture.

Reason 1
Reason 2
Reason 3
Unicorns are marketed as something superficial and pretty. The original religious and secular references have been diluted or lost.
The unicorn has morphed into a more societal meme unrelated to it's history.
People are removed from the mythical side of life.
Counter claim
The unicorn myth is not lost in popular culture.
In some ways it is not lost.
The virginity myth is still there but in the form of making everything pretty for little girls and girl power.
This is a timeline showing how the unicorn has changed over the years.
Religious and secular interpretations of the unicorn may have gotten lost in translation over the years, but the unicorn is still a powerful symbol. For example the unicorn is a symbol for Scotland.
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Thx to google images and http://io9.com/the-bizarre-history-of-our-obsession-with-unicorns-1466476905
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