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So Horny ! – Top 10 Interesting Things About Horns And Antlers by Jas (Blog 203)

December 19, 2013 • News

It was after hosting at Chubby Checkers, in Second Life`s London Sims, wearing a reindeer hat, that I got to thinking about horns and antlers -as you do!

So, after some furious Googling, here are my top ten facts about horns and antlers:-

1) Medicinal Uses

In Asia both deer antlers and rhino horns have been believed for centuries to have many medicinal properties. In Chinese traditional medicine the rhino horn was said to cure fevers, rheumatism and gout, and it was also used by the Indians, Malaysians and Koreans. Today it is still sold for it`s medicinal properties in the markets of  East Asia, according to Africa Check . org, and is believed to ” serve as everything from a cure for cancer to an all-purpose health tonic, a sexual stimulant, a hangover cure and a treatment for high fever”. Although they also write “more recent research in China ha(s) found, according to Dr Mike Knight of the International Conservation Union’s Species Survival Commission,  that, mixed in with herbs in some traditional Chinese medicines, rhino horn held fever reducing responses primarily in children “much like weak acting Disprins”” Probably not worth killing the dwindling rhino population for then!

However, Deer dont have to be killed to use their horns, as they shed them once a year. In Asia they are boiled and sliced, and used in tea. Hmm- I still think Ill stick to my PG tips!

Over our side of the world deer antlers are used in capsule form as a dietary supplement.

2) Enhances Performance in Sport?

There has been controversy in the US about athletes using products containing deer antlers to enhance performance. The company SWATS, which distributed many of these products, was shut down by Alabama`s attorney.

3) Cancer Cure?

Because of the speed of the growth of the tissues  in deer antlers ( the fastest tissue growth known to man), there has been some suggestion that they could be used in limb regeneration or even to cure cancer.

4) Pagan Significance

According to Wikipedia , the Horned God is  one of the main deities in Paganism. They state that the god ” is associated with nature, wilderness, sexuality, hunting and the life cycle”, and “whilst depictions of the deity vary, he is always shown with either horns or antlers upon his head, often depicted as being theriocephalic (having a beast’s head), in this way emphasizing “the union of the divine and the animal”, the latter of which includes humanity.” Ooh I`m liking that word – theriocephalic –  our new word for the day blog readers! Wikipedia also mentions other names given for this god. ” Epithets for the Horned God include The Lord and the Old One. Another term used is Old Horny, in reference to the deity’s horns and also to his sexual nature.” LOL to Old Horny. I think that name could be used to describe some of the guys in the London Sims -or perhaps us when we see them!
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5) Psychological Significance

In her book “The Horned God : Masculine Dynamics of Power and Soul” Jungian Psychologist Sherry.L Salman states that the antler wearing Pagan god could represent more about our sub-concious. She says that he is a ‘hairy chthonic wildman’. Ooh another new word blog readers. Chthonic means “of or relating to the underworld”. Sherry says “Essentially, the Horned God represents the guardian, healer, and shapeshifter who mediates the world of the objective psyche. He is the elusive, transformative substance of the psyche itself — the adversary and the saviour who, with one hand, protects the Mysteries from destructive influences and, with the other, protects the human psyche from contact with what it cannot bear.” She believes that the god frequently compensates for inadequate fathering. Hmm- maybe I`m getting a bit deep here!

6) Reindeer Antler Game

Right, hopefully this one will lighten the mood slightly. On the website www.fromchristmaswithlove.com there is a suggestion for a fun reindeer game I thought I`d share with you all.

“The Reindeer Antler Game

Players needed: 4 – 16 (or more players – you need 2 – 4 teams, with 4 players per team).

Items needed: Pantyhose (regular, not support – one pair per player), two balloons per player (large, long or oval – not round).

How to play: There is one leader who yells the word  “go.” At that point, each team begins to blow up their balloons and stuff one into each side of the pantyhose leg, making it look like Reindeer Antlers. Once the task is finished, the first team member to do so (on each team) must sing the first verse of whatever Christmas Carol has been chosen ahead of time. The first team to finish completely wins the game.”

 There you go – a use for your unwanted pantyhose (or tights in UK), too. Don`t ever say I don`t give you useful information!

7) Girly Rudolph?

An interesting fact has recently come to light about the much loved character  Rudolph the Red- Nosed Reindeer. The old favourite first appeared in a 1939 booklet written by Robert May, and was popularised by the song sung by Gene Autry, which reached number one at Christmas in 1949. But, there`s a problem, male reindeer always shed their antlers for the winter,so Rudolph, and indeed the other sleigh pulling reindeer (first named in the 1823 poem “A Visit from St Nicholas”-now known as “The Night Before Christmas”)  Dasher, Dancer,Prancer,Vixen, Comet,Cupid, Donner and Blitzen , must be female. Yay Girl Power!

8) A Book and Movie

Starring Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter), the soon to be released movie “Horns” is about a guy who suddenly sprouts horns after being accused of the murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple). According to www.cinemablend.com, Ig Perrish (Radcliffe) “soon discovers that these horns allow him to draw the darkest thoughts and confessions from people, whether he wants to or not. This leads to some strange moments as Ig adjusts to his abilities and physical affliction, and soon decides to use his powers to figure out what happened to Merrin.”

Theres still no release date on this movie though, despite having been shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in October. However, you could always read the book that  its based on. The author of the novel is Joe Hill, who is the son of horror novel writer Stephen King. The book should be available in all good bookstores!

9) The Stag In Folklore

According to www.earthwitchery.com , in British folklore “the stag is one of the five oldest and wisest animals in the world, embodying dignity, power and integrity.” They write” From their late Autumn dramatic rutting displays, stags represented strength, sexuality and fertility.”

In the US the site says “the stag represents male ideals: the ability to “walk one’s talk,” and powerfully, peacefully blend stewardship and care of the tribe with sexual and spiritual integrity.”

They  also add that ” the stag’s branching antlers echo the growth of vegetation.”

10) A Great Christmas Gift

Ok – Im going to plug something now - and, no, Im not getting paid for this! My boyfriend will this year be getting an “Adopt a Reindeer” pack from the Cairngorm Reindeer Farm in Scotland (www.caingormreindeer.co.uk). He visited the farm last year,and was thrilled to be able to go up into the hills and see the deer for himself, and even hand-feed them. I think this is a great idea for a Christmas prezzie for someone who has everything , and a good place to support if you are into animal conservation.

 

Cor What a long blog todays has turned out to be! Dont forget to visit the London Sims in Second Life. Hmm – I need a treat now after all that writing. Goes off to munch on the chocolate reindeer that was supposed to be an extra present for her boyfriend this Christmas!

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