Reimagining Today’s Horse for Tomorrow’s World
6. Horse Mythologies in Monotheistic Cultures
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Horse Mythologies in Monotheistic Cultures
Playing special roles in the mythologies of many cultures since ancient times, horses have been widely displayed in artwork and iconography. From the mythical white-winged horse Pegasus, widely regarded as a symbol of celestial ascent, to the centaurs and horse-headed, fish-tailed hippocampus and beyond, horses are central to Greek culture and populate their myths. Horses are also plentiful in Celtic mythology with its goddess and protector of horses Epona. In many Asian cultures, horses have played important roles for thousands of years not only in transportation and military services and as companions and pets, but as symbols of transformation and sources of inspiration for the arts, mythology, and folklore. In some Asian cultures, the horse is regarded as sacred in association with particular deities. Yet, while symbolic horses might be less widespread in cultures with monotheistic religions, they are significant as a look at their place in Arab, Jewish, and Christian traditions and mythologies reveal. ← 47 | 48 →
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