Monday, March 12, 2012
The large and lumbering Behemoth lives in an invisible desert east of the garden of Eden. In my mind, he seems gentle and a little bit lonely.
Behold now the behemoth that I have made with you; he eats grass like cattle.
Behold now his strength is in his loins and his power is in the navel of his belly.
His tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are knit together.
His limbs are as strong as copper, his bones as a load of iron.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Fierce and loyal, a griffin has horns that cure sickness, feathers that restore sight, and a beak used for quarrying gold.
There are theories that tales of the griffin first began when fossilized remains of the Protoceratops were discovered in gold mines by ancient observers. With fossils of a nest and eggs nearby, onlookers may have interpreted the sheep-sized dinosaur as an astonishing half-bird-half-beast.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Wild and difficult to capture, the unicorn is a symbol of purity and grace. Its spiraled horn has the ability to purify poisoned water and heal sickness.
Many think of the unicorn as a docile creature, but I prefer this description from Cosmas Indicopleustes: "It is impossible to take this ferocious beast alive; and that all its strength lies in its horn. When it finds itself pursued and in danger of capture, it throws itself from a precipice, and turns so aptly in falling, that it receives all the shock upon the horn, and so escapes safe and sound."