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Topic: Heavenly Horses
Posted By: Jane Boltz
Subject: Heavenly Horses
Date Posted: 11 May 2020 at 03:11

In nomadic tradition, horse is one of the mythological animals, embodying the connection with the other world, with the supernatural.

The horse, exceptionally white, has always been associated with the sun, with daytime clarity, with fire, air, sky, water, solar heroes, as an expression of good human aspirations in his daily work and struggle against difficulties. The white sun horse is an attribute of divine forces constantly fighting against evil, an opposition to death.

In the beliefs and rites of nomads, firstly, the horse itself, secondly, its separate parts - the skull, cervical vertebrae, skin, hair, thirdly, objects associated with it - bridle, clamp, sweat, reins, whip, fallen horseshoe, image, etc. act as the patroness and protector of people. The horse had the ability to drive out evil forces from the human body.

A vivid evidence of such a cult is an artifact found in the early twentieth century in the North part of China, which was finished in the form of a horse. Dating of the top showed that the artifact refers to the period between the IV-I century BC.


Heavenly horse 天马. Chinese ancient ceremonial bronze finial with standing horse, 4th-1st century BC

It is the only one in the world that was found in the entire territory of the Eurasian steppes, a bronze top with the image of a horse, which was used in rituals dedicated to the cult of Heavenly horses. According to the unanimous conclusion of experts, this find is a ritual tip, which was also a symbol of the ruler's power. The Heavenly Horse of the nomads corresponded to the image of Pegasus in ancient Greek mythology. The discovery of the tip is difficult to overestimate as nothing of the kind was found.

It represents the rarest cult object and corresponds in value to Royal Standards of Egypt and Babylon. When the rulers were moving, placing his bet, holding certain festivals and rituals, the use of the tip in this kind of various ceremonies was undoubted. Such regalia, like power, were most likely inherited and could only belong to the king.

The horse breed on the bronze top is very similar to the horses of Fergana, one of the centers of horse breeding in the Ancient East. These horses were highly valued because they had elegant and graceful appearance, and were much faster and more durable than those breeds that were common at that time in China and Mongolia.

Fergana 'Heavenly' horses belong to one of the world's earliest known cultural racehorse breeds of fast and light eastern type. They were the ancestors of all the best Asian horse breeds: Arab, Turkmen (Akhalteke) and modern Kyrgyz.





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Posted By: Vanuatu
Date Posted: 12 May 2020 at 06:18
Originally posted by Jane Boltz Jane Boltz wrote:

[quote]In nomadic tradition, horse is one of the mythological animals, embodying the connection with the other world, with the supernatural.

The horse, exceptionally white, has always been associated with the sun, with daytime clarity, with fire, air, sky, water, solar heroes, as an expression of good human aspirations in his daily work and struggle against difficulties. The white sun horse is an attribute of divine forces constantly fighting against evil, an opposition to death.

The qualities associated with horses are certainly practical knowable truths. And may have an even older connection with human conscientiousness. The Lantern of Horus may be a depiction of a proto human plant like extension that grew out of the Fontanel bones in the skulls and was grounded in the Pineal gland, like antennae!Smile

Rudolph Steiner suggested that the story of the Holy Grail, Parsifal and the Unicorn were all built around the human memory of that ancient form and the mystical power of the pineal gland.




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Posted By: Jane Boltz
Date Posted: 12 May 2020 at 14:23
it's so interesting for methanks.Smile


Posted By: Vanuatu
Date Posted: 13 May 2020 at 14:56
Who doesn't love a horse Jane?

Horses have demonstrated the ability to decode human emotions, more capable than dogs and primates.
The image of the horse with his hooves together seems to illustrate the visual beauty of a horse canter.
Did you see the film "War Horse"?? 

Humans, of course, have such dexterous musculature that we’re able to tacitly communicate our most subtle feelings using 27 different facial expressions. But scientists at the University of Sussex have discovered that the horse repertoire isn’t that far behind. Using their so-called Equine Facial Action Coding System (EquiFACS for short), the team  http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0131738 - identified  17 distinct facial movements in horses, many of them—especially in the lips and eyes—similar to humans. That’s at least three more than the number of recognizable facial expressions in chimpanzees, and one more than in dogs. This range of possibilities is much more immense than scientists could have ever predicted, considering they originally thought that the further away a species is from Homo sapiens on the family tree, the more limited the use of its facial expressions would be.
http://https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/scientists-discover-that-horses-are-more-expressive-than-chimps/ - https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/scientists-discover-that-horses-are-more-expressive-than-chimps/


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Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate. (J. R. R. Tolkien)


Posted By: franciscosan
Date Posted: 15 May 2020 at 11:31
What is the tip made of?
How is it made?
How big is it?
Do you have a citation for what museum it is in?

New meaning to the phrase "horse-face."



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