Talk:The Hunt of the Unicorn

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Shamanistic-Visionary Theory[edit]

There may be symbolism for the ayahuasca ceremony and also the amanita muscaria ceremony in the tapestry. The initials that are bound by rope may be representative of ayahuasca (the capital A and the rope) and amanita muscaria (the reversed capital E). This is because the "negative" space of the Aleph (the open space between the two vertical bars of the A) is actually the rightside-up leaf of the Psychotria viridis plant, as seen on its wikipedia page, here. The rope is a depiction of Banisteriopsis caapi, which takes the form of rope when dried, as seen here. Banisteriopsis caapi acts as an MAOI for the N,N-Dimethyltryptamine naturally occurring in the Psychotria viridis. The reversed E is obviously a sideways cross-section of an amanita muscaria mushroom. I argue that the tapestries depict the psychedelic experience of doing ayahuasca and amanita muscaria at the same time. Thus, the tapestries may act as part of a shamanic ritual involving consumption of the two entheogens.There are also blatant inebriological symbols in the fountain found in The Unicorn is Found. First, the dual spring represents the recycling of body fluids that occurs during the amanita muscaria ceremony, particularly the imbibing of urine that occurs as a filtering and concentration of the psychoactive elements in consumed amanita muscaria. (Source: The Pharmacratic Inquisition 01:01:55) The fountain water streams out of the fountain from a puking lion's mouth. Puking is perhaps a reference to the ayahuasca ceremony in which puking is often unavoidable and an accepted ("Vomiting can follow ayahuasca ingestion; this purging is considered by many shamans and experienced users of ayahuasca to be an essential part of the experience, as it represents the release of negative energy and emotions built up over the course of one's life." source). The unicorn that purifies the stream is therefore symbolically the shaman. This research is public domain. 24.255.255.94 (talk) 23:08, 17 January 2016 (UTC)

This "research" is just verbose scholarship vanishing up its own arsehole. Nuttyskin (talk) 00:22, 5 July 2017 (UTC)

Thousands[edit]

I wouldn't say "thousands of years" about Christianity for the obvious reason, but can't think of a better way to phrase that. --Kizor 23:12, 23 October 2005 (UTC)

tried a simple fix --agr 23:50, 23 October 2005 (UTC)

I added images, but I don't think I ordered or captioned them correctly[edit]

I added some images, but I don't think I ordered or captioned them correctly. Please fix. Also, find an image for the seventh tapestry. - Peregrine Fisher 08:42, 12 March 2007 (UTC)

The most important info is missing:[edit]

Where are these tapestries from? (are they Flemish?) Who made them? This should be stated in the very first sentence. Their modern history is by definition of secondary importance. Aviad2001 09:30, 28 July 2007 (UTC)

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What does this mean?[edit]

Furthermore, the passage, "Has several intentional allusions to the Hindu goddess Kali Ma, ..." is based on nonsense: there is no evidence that anyone in Europe at this time had anything but the sketchiest and most distorted idea of Indian culture whatsoever. Nuttyskin (talk) 00:30, 5 July 2017 (UTC)

There are several allusions to Kali Ma and Hindu religion in tapestry 6. Silk, textiles as well as Indigo dye had been imported from India via the Silk road and these commodities were essential to the production of tapestries which utilized silk and dye for the manufacture of said tapestries. The silk road which connected China, South Asian countries such as India and several other countries with Europe and the Mediterranean had been bringing spice and textiles to Europe for nearly 1500 years. [1] Unicursive (talk) 00:11, 30 October 2017 (UTC)

Yes, materials and pigments. But the first Europe had any cultural awareness of India was not until the time of the East India Company in the 16th Century. This, despite well-documented links between Ancient Greece and India (e.g., Hindu astrology). Yet only during the years of direct cultural exchange do we see any concrete evidence of Indian culture influencing Europe.Nuttyskin (talk) 04:12, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
Agreed. This is amateur OR. Johnbod (talk) 04:52, 1 November 2017 (UTC)