A lot of talk about Rainbows, Unicorns and Fluff on the boards these days. So I decided to research the phenomena of the * curious trinity*.
Origin of the
***** Rainbow ******
According to Wikipedia
The legend of Uenuku
Uenuku was out hunting very early one morning when, in a clearing, he saw a beautiful girl who seemed to coalesce out of the morning mist (The Mist Maid). He
persuaded her to stay and talk with him for a moment, and to return the
next night, and the next, and the next, and before long they fell in
love. Each night she would come to him but as a mist maiden her home was
in the sky, so she had to leave him at dawn. At last she agreed to
marry Uenuku on condition that he tell no-one about her.
They had a few months of happiness, though she still appeared only at night and left at dawn, and in time a little girl was born to them. But
Uenuku's friends were skeptical of this wife and child they had never
seen. He tried to explain that she left him each morning at first light,
so his friends suggested that he block up the doors and windows so she
could not see the sun. This he did, but of course the trick was
discovered and when the mist maiden knew he had deceived her, she left
Uenuku wandered the world searching for his beloved wife and daughter. At last, seeing him lonely and bent with age, Papa"">Rangi the Skyfather took pity on him and changed him into a
rainbow so that he could join his family in the sky.
Rainbows - According to the Bible
The rainbow symbolized the covenant God made with Noah (representing mankind) not to destroy the world in such a way again: a covenant of peace.
****** UNICORNS *****
The origin of the unicorn is much harder to pin down than the creation of the Pegasus myth. Pegasus is a mainly Greek/Roman phenomenon whereas
the unicorn can be found in the stories and legends of a far flung
region of the Northern continents, from Japan in the Far East to most of
Europe and even into northern Africa and India.
In the orient the unicorn, usually referred to as a Ki-lin or Chi-Lin,
is considered a harbinger of good fortune and a prophet of great things
to come. It is said that a Ki-Lin would appear at or near the time of
the birth of great men and wise emperors. One legend relates the
appearance of a Ki-Lin at the birth of Confucius and that it carried in
it's mouth a piece of imperial jade with the prophecy of the baby's
greatness written upon it. The Ki-Lin has been a foundation of Chinese
mythology as early as 2700 BC and is thought to be the first
manifestation of the unicorn myth.
Unicorn link: http://members.shaw.ca/unicornhaven/UnicornHistory.html
The Unicorn Tapestries located at the gallery of the Cloisters in NYC tells an interesting interpretation of the Christian vision of the Unicorn as a symbol of the Christ being hunted and killed and by his blood *roses* bloom. (I took this tour and whether you are Christian or not it will move you on a soul deep level.)
The link to the Unicorn Tapestries in the Cloisters:
Last by not least:
**************** FLUFF *******************
This is Fluff:
The latter being the worst possible thing for you.....but oh so good with peanut butter!!!!