Great Mythological Horses
As one of nature’s most elegant, strong, and majestic creations, it’s no surprise that horses have been a frequent feature in religion and mythology for centuries. From Greek to 1Roman to Norse mythologies, horses seem to have been favoured by bards and storytellers for millennia.
The most famous mythological horse is probably Pegasus, the winged white stallion of Greek mythology. He is most known for being the horse which Bellerophon rode when defeating the Chimera, a fire-breathing monster. Bellerophon later tried to ride Pegasus through the sky to Mount Olympus, home of the Gods, when he fell from the horse and was transformed by Zeus in to the constellation Pegasus – which we can still see in the sky today.
The hippocamp, or hippocampus, is a half-horse, half-fish creature in both Greek and Phoenician mythology. The hippocampi were featured in Homer’s epic, The Iliad, as ‘brazen-hoofed’ horses galloping from the sea and across the Libyan sands. Poseidon, the Greek God of horses, earthquakes and sea, was often depicted as riding a chariot drawn by hippocampi.
Al-Burāq is the name of a ‘lightning steed’ in Islamic legend. This mythological horse was a creature from heavens which carried the prophets. The Quran includes passages which describe how Al-Burāq once carried the prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem and back.
In Norse mythology, Sleipnir was the name of Odin’s eight-legged horse. Sleipnir was legendary for his speed and strength, and is still popular in modern Icelandic folklore and as a name and symbol.
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