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“As a small child, Lock had been thrown up on her broad back and led around. When he was older, he had ridden bareback through the woods and meadows, fancying himself an armor-clad knight of old. In his reverie, he would charge into battle, standard fluttering from his lance, beating down enemies with a razor-sharp sword to save the lives of kings and princesses.” (Walls of Jericho. Jonathan Hopkins)
See, girls aren’t the only ones who fantasize about horses. I know I fantasized flying in the clouds on Pegasus, wind whipping my face, feeling the strength of wings pulling up, and fearing falling. So this blog is for all those who have or had fantasies of horses and who write about them.
Most fantasies seem to originate with the Greek myths and the most popular is the one about Pegasus. Medusa and Poseidon were his mother and father. When Perseus sliced Medusa’s head off, out sprang this white, winged horse and his brother Chrysaor who was not a horse but was very overshadowed by his sibling that not much is known about him. Curious things about Pegasus is the kicked Mt Helicon to stop it from grown larger and created a spring called Hippocrene. Athena granted Bellerophon a golden bridle to capture Pegasus and kill the Chimera, one ugly creäture. But Bellerophon tried to ride Pegasus to Mt Olympus without an invitation and Pegasus bucked him off because he knew to go uninvited was wrong. Thus, Pegasus was granted a stall on Olympus then while Bellerophon fell to the earth and died. Recently he is portrayed as black in the recent movie Clash of the Titans. Can’t wait to see it.
Another famous mythological horse is from Norse myths…Sleipnir a white, eight-legged horse deemed the fastest horse in the world. His name means ‘smooth or gliding.’ He has an interesting beginning. Odin and his boys were supposed to be rebuilding a wall in Asgard. As gods will, they got a giant to do it, payment…Freya. But they figured the giant would never complete the wall by the deadline of spring. But the giant brought along his stallion Svadilfarei. When it looked as if the giant would carry out this feat, and knowing Freya would never agree, they looked to Loki for the solution. After all, he’d gotten them into this agreement. Loki shapeshifted into a mare in heat and flaunted his/her wares at the stallion and off they went. The giant saw the ruse and Thor ended up killing him with his hammer. However, eleven months later, Loki appeared with the cutest foul with eight legs and presented it to Oden. www.ultimatehorsesite.com/horsemyths
Gulitpoppr, is another Norse Horse for Heimdal, guardian of the Norse gods and Asgard. Since Gulitpoppr means Gold Top or Golden Mane it’s likely this is the originator of the flaxen mane maybe? www.ultimatehorsesite.com/horsemyths
Skinflaxi pulls the morning chariot across the sky for Dayr bringing the dawn and Hrimflaxi pulls the night chariot bringing the cover of night for Nott. They are also Norse(www.ultimatehorsesite.com/horsemyths)
In Hindu myths, when the demons and devas churned the milky sea, Uchaishravas emerged…a snowy white horse with seven heads. He was ridden by Indra or lord of the devas. ” And in the tenth incarnation of Vishnu or the last world saviour is predicted to appear riding on ah white horse or in the form of a white horse.’ www.wikipedia.org/WhiteHorse.
To the Buddhist, Kanthaka was a white horse and royal servant and favorite of Prince Siddhartha who later became Gautama Buddha. He used Kanthaka in all events described in Buddhists texts before his renunciation of the world and the horse died of a broken heart when Siddhartha departed. www.wikipedia.org/WhiteHorse.
In Iranian myths, Apaosha is a ‘ demon of drought’ and a black stallion. Tishtrya is a white stallion bringing rain. The goddess Avesta, goddess of the waters has four horses named for wind , rain, clouds and sleet. www.wikipedia.org/whitehorsemythology (yasht655.120)
In Korea, during the kingdom of Silla, the people gathered to pray for a king. A horse emerged from a bolt of lightning, bowing to a shining egg. The horse flew back to the heavens and the egg popped open and the boy Park Hyeokgeose emerged and grew up to unite six warring states.
In China, Longma was very important to the Tang Dynasty and was seen as the Dragon Horse. He was a fabled winged horse with dragon scales. He was seen as ‘an omen of a legendary sage ruler for the three sovereigns and five emperors.’ www.wikipedia/longma’
Now in Celtic mythology the story is one unbelievable myth…The horse was symbolic of fertility and is considered close to the earth. There is a coronation ritual that took place in the twelfth century. when the king mates with a mare. The mare is slaughtered and the king bathes in her blood and eats her flesh without touching it. ewwwwww Victoria H. www.helium.com Horses in Indo European Mythology.
What I learned from researching myths and horses is just how important the horse was around the world and throughout history. Celtic, Greek, Hindu, Iranian, Arabian,Norse, Slavic, Buddhist Jewish, Islāmic, Christian, and and more have some story that is shared about this magnificent animal.
Again, I thank Wikipedia.org, Helium.com, GoGreece.com, for their articles and Jonathan Hopkins- www.cavalrytales.co.uk .