Reimagining Today’s Horse for Tomorrow’s World
3. Horses in Ancient Greek and Celtic Mythologies
Chapter 3 Horses in Ancient Greek and Celtic Mythologies As long as horses have carried humans on their backs, humans have carried forth inspirational stories of horses. The steeds’ beauty, strength, and elegance are part of the human narrative, making the horse an intrinsic part of our history. Accordingly, horses are central to ancient Greek and Celtic cultures and populate their myths. Among the magical horses in Greek mythology is the mythical white-winged horse Pegasus. In Celtic mythology, with its goddess Epona, protector of horses, horses carry off the dead to the Otherworld. This chapter presents these transformative tales from ancient Greek mythologies and Celtic lore. Ancient Greek Mythological Horses In ancient Greek mythology, winged horses like mighty birds draw chariots of the gods who raise the sun into the skies, watch over the earth, and sail across the heavens. They become comrades of their be- loved charioteers, championing their causes, and mourning their inju- ries and deaths. Myths about a few of these magical steeds follow. 14 riding on horses’ wings Pegasus The mythical white-winged horse Pegasus represents the passage from one plane to another. With his ascent from blood and sea foam to the realm of the immortals, the dashing white-winged horse symbolizes transformation and spiritual energy as he soars across the skies towards the heavens. According to ancient Greek mythology, he is born of the sea god Poseidon and the Gorgon Medusa. When the majestic Pegasus is born, thunder and lightning pierce the skies giving him heavenly...
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