Sike: 6 Mythical Creatures Every 90’s Kid Believed Were Real

Before we stopped believing in magic, these were our mascots.

Unicorn

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We all need a little magic in our lives, which is why there are still people in the world who believe that one day, they’ll own a Unicorn. Today is National Unicorn Day, which was created to celebrate these majestic, mythical creatures and “help adults remember how much more fun life can be when we let a little magic in sometimes.”

But when and where did the magical myth of Unicorns begin? According to Daysoftheyear.com:

“Unicorns were mentioned as far back as antiquity—ancient Greek writers believed they lived in the faraway and exotic country of India, which was then largely unknown to Europeans. However, the unicorn was then thought to be a powerful, fierce animal that was not to be meddled with. In the Middle Ages, the unicorn’s image was based greatly on Bible passages that were thought to speak of these animals, and unicorns slowly came to be seen as a symbol of strength, the purest kind of love, and the pets of virgin women.”

Usually, people celebrate National Unicorn Day by making some brightly colored pancakes or cupcakes and decorating them with multicolored sprinkles or glitter. Another way to celebrate is to watch a classic fantasy film that makes you feel like your magical, childlife self again.

“Unicorn Store is the best movie I’ve ever seen, my favorite movie ever. Good night.” -@KingTurner777

“The trailer for Unicorn Store does not do it justice. It’s very nice and lovely and probably my favorite movie I’ve seen this year so far. It gave me the same pure feelings Eighth Grade gave me last year.”- @EvanNotEven

WIth the rise of social media, folks are getting creative with the celebrations.  Folks are dying their hair, rocking colorful makeup and even selling Unicorn themed products.

This is just further proof that the magic-loving kid in us never dies. But Unicorns aren’t the only mythical creatures we believed in.  Hit the flip for more fanciful beings we believed in as children.

Fairy

A fairy is a magical creature who resembles a human. Beyond that, defining fairies is almost impossible. Their legend is as old as European civilization itself, and they come in all colors, sizes, and temperaments. No two fairy encounters are quite the same.”- Mythology.net

Mermaids

“The marine version of half-human, half-animal legends that have captured human imagination for ages. One source, the “Arabian Nights,” described mermaids as having “moon faces and hair like a woman’s but their hands and feet were in their bellies and they had tails like fishes.” – Live Science

Phoenix

Ancient legend paints a picture of a magical bird, radiant and shimmering, which lives for several hundred years before it dies by bursting into flames. It is then reborn from the ashes, to start a new, long life. So powerful is the symbolism that it is a motif and image that is still used commonly today in popular culture and folklore. – Ancientorigins.net

Dragons

Dragon mythology has existed almost as long as people have. In fact, many of the early Mesopotamian cultures and other ancients in the Near East have rich oral histories that tell of mighty storm gods saving the people from evil giant serpents. These serpents often had many terrifying features, ranging from fluorescent skin to the ability to breathe fire and fly. These myths were the foundation of the modern perspective on dragons.- Mythology.net

Cyclops

The Cyclops, named Polyphemus, traps Odysseus and some of his crew in his cave. He eats six of them and then gets blinded by Odysseus. … The Cyclops, because he has only one eye, represents people who see through only one perspective. -Greekgodsandgoddesses.net

 

 

Sike: 6 Mythical Creatures Every 90’s Kid Believed Were Real  was originally published on globalgrind.com

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