Appearing in the culture of East Asian countries, Chollima is a galloping horse. Similar to Pegasus horse of Greek mythology, Chollima also has long wings. According to legend, this horse can run about 400 kilometers every day. It It first appeared in the 3rd century BC during the Qin Dynasty. Today, Thien Ly Ma is considered a symbol of North Korea’s economic development.
Tulpar is the term for a legendary winged horse in Central Asian countries. One of the legends said that the hero Ösküs-ool used part of Tulpar’s body to create the first violin. It is believed that this horse is a symbol of horses and a bird of prey. These are animals used by Central Asian people in hunting. Tulpar horses play a very important role in Central Asian culture and are a famous symbol in two countries Mongolian and Kazakhstan.
In Greek mythology, the mares of Diomedes appeared in the 8th victory of the hero Heracles (or Hercules). According to legend, the horses eat the travelers when they make the mistake of unaccepting the hospitality of Diomedes, the ruler of Thracia. Heracles conquered these brutal horses by feeding them by their owner meat. When halfway through, the mares found it to be his master and chased after Heracles. Heracles soon gathered them and drove them onto the ship for Tiryns. After giving them to Eurystheus, Heracles let them go. In the end, the horses were also eaten by the evil brid Stymphalus.
Kanthaka is a famous horse in Buddhist mythology. According to legend, this horse has white feathers, length 18 meters and corresponding height. Kanthaka is the precious horse of Buddha Sidhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. When deciding to become a monk, Buddha Sidhartha Gautama sat on Kanthaka’s horse to escape the family palace. After his death, Kanthaka was reborn as a scholar.