Also known as Alim
- Middle Eastern (culture)
- Neutral (behaviour)
- Unicorns (common type)
This is a name that was given to a type of Unicorn in Mesopotamian and Assyrian belief. It was depicted as a large ox-like creature or a wild ass depending on the specific tradition. According to legend the sun was a lion who persistently pursued a Unicorn (who a was a moon) across the sky. During the time of the Persian Kingdom of Darius II, (5th century B.C., a Greek physician named Ctesias wrote of this unicorn:
“There are in India certain wild asses which are as large as horses, and larger. Their bodies are white, their heads are dark red, and their eyes dark blue. They have a horn on the forehead which is about eighteen inches in length. The dust filed from this horn is administered in a potion as a protection against deadly drugs.”
The Rimu was shown in Assyrian art as oxen that had one horn. Some like Carl Wieland believe that this animal was depicted in this way to show the perfect symmetry of the two horns. Carl goes on to state that the Rimu was in fact the now extinct giant ox called auroch.
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