In the beautiful world of magical creatures, unicorns and mermaids shine through as the most prominent, most discussed and the most represented ones. However, the real debate that continues to divide many young minds is which one is the better of the two. The magical horse-like horned creature which gallops magnificently or the mesmerizing marine creature that is part human and part fish? The unicorns vs. mermaids debate is surely one that you might have come across at least once.
Well, tired of all the bickering, I decided to write a blog post in order to settle this once and for all. Let us delve into the magical and surreal world of these mythological creatures to draw a fair comparison between the two, namely unicorns and mermaids, and declare the much argued upon a winner.
The unicorn sports a spiral horn on its forehead which can grow up to as long as 10 feet long. Whoa! It is basically a horse-like creature with a goat’s beard and cloven hooves and is said to have magical properties.
According to popular myth, a unicorn is a rare and elusive creature that can only be sighted by a maiden. It is usually strongly associated with rainbows and wild woodlands.
On the other hands, mermaids are sea creatures with the upper body of the human and have a fishtail as their lower body. Mermaids (female) and mermen (male) are said to have magical properties, similar to unicorns and various other mythological magical creatures. They are long living creatures that are rather fond of music and singing in general.
As one of the most discussed aspects within this popular argument, the magical properties of both these creatures clash jarringly. Where the unicorn’s magical powers are useful, healing and sought after, the mermaids’ are negative and cursed. Unicorns can heal sickness and can cause poisoned water to become drinkable.
However, on the other hands, the mermaids are often perceived as dangerous to humans. They can cause disasters such as floods and shipwrecks if they are disturbed or offended. They are also known to lure humans to death by inviting them to water.
Mermaids are thus seen as forces of negativity as compared to the unicorns’ much hunted magical healing powers. In light of this information, the unicorn stands out as a clear winner when it comes to magical properties.
Where unicorns are so delightfully sought out by humans for their magical healing properties, mermaids are seen as a bad omen, especially during a sea voyage. Sea captains tend to avoid such sights of mermaids. Well, in folklore, it is so! Unicorns are wild creatures found in forests and woodlands. Seen as a sign of goodness and purity, they are associated with beautiful and magical colors of the rainbow whereas mermaids and mermen are seen as a dangerous omen, a clear sign of a shipwreck for many a crew on the sail. Offending these rarely sighted sea creatures can have some serious consequences.
Well, that proves that looks aren’t always everything! With their stunning and striking beauty, mermaids are rather attractive. Despite all the glorious beauty, you surely don’t want to end up in the vicious jaws of death by sighting a mermaid.
According to popular folklore, many mermaids (who take a human form) and human men have been married. These tales state that the man steals one of the mermaid’s possessions.
As long as he keeps the particular object from the mermaid hidden, she stays with him. But as soon as she finds the stolen object that belongs to her, she returns to the sea. These popular tales vary quite a bit in different accounts, but the general ploy is quite similar in all the versions. On the other hand, the unicorns present a personification of grace, untamed freedom and goodness.
Although there are no specific tales or stories associated with unicorns, rumor has it that they can only be sighted and caught by maidens. Unicorns are much sought after owing to their pure, magical and good healing properties. I’m sure you too often dream about coming across a unicorn and riding on it across a vibrant and magical rainbow. Dreamy sigh!
A topic of much intrigue and sometimes, hope, is: are these magical creatures real? Have they been sighted? A number of sources answer in the affirmative. Unicorns have been a subject of much interest since antiquity, 500 B.C., and continue to be so, even today. When it comes to unicorns, several sightings have been reported throughout history, and even today. Similarly, in the case of mermaids, several sources, including important figures have claimed to have encountered mermaids.
Cristopher Columbus too claims that he sighted three mermaids on his infamous voyage. Many accounts report that mermaids have been seen after their dead bodies have washed up on the seashore. Well, this is surely interesting. Although nobody wants to really be involved in a shipwreck, it would really be something if we could see a mermaid in real life! Oh, and a unicorn would be such a delight!
It can be seen how these two magical creatures differ in some aspects and are similar in some. Considering and analyzing all my collected information, I personally would conclude unicorns to be the better of the two. Maybe it is something about their beautiful, long spiral horns or the grace and splendor with which they carry themselves.
But most of all, I am particularly influenced by their magical properties that bring about a good, healing effect as compared to the ill-wishing, bad omens that mermaids reflect upon sea travelers and humans in general.
Unicorns are not only graceful and magnificent, but they are also a beautiful representation of freedom and purity, which really impresses me and wins me over in their favor. Which magical creature do you prefer? Do share your opinions regarding the unicorns vs. mermaids debate with me in the comments. I would love to hear what you think!