Magic Of Alexander
Filed Under: Music & Film, Opinion | Posted: 12/02/2007 at 6:48PM
Comments | Region: India
Alexander the great, is known for his revolutionary legends and they appear in 80 different languages, true or false all over the world.The Parsees curse him for destroying their holy books.The red silk banner is still displayed in Ferghana, in Turkestan.He was Iskander in Central Asia. Chiefs claim descent from him, their people claim descent from his soldiers, their horses from Bucephalus.In Koran, he appears as legendary Dulcarnain who explored as far as the Ganges, the Blue Nile, and Britain. He travelled to the heavens and to the underworld.He went indeed to the end of the world, and even to the bottom of the sea, where the very fish paid him homage.The son of Apollo, according to his own mother, and there are signs that he believed this. He cut the fabled knot at Gordium.One of his legends say that he tamed the wild horse Bucephalus with a word and a touch .Below is the magical story..
One day, Alexander’s father and some of his companions were trying to break a horse. A magnificent black stallion, this horse had an indomitable fierce spirit that no one had been able to ride him.All men were trying their hands on the huge beast and ere being thrown off balance. None could manage it. Finally, the small boy aged ten asked that he be allowed to try. This small boy was Alexander.The men were amused and thought it would be a grand joke to let a mere boy attempt to ride the black stallion, so they let him.As Alexander approached the horse, he stood lowering its head and regarded him.The boy poured a few soft words and the fierce stallion was immediately tamed. Alexander leaped onto the horse’s back and it bore him away.The horse was Alexander’s from that day on. He named it Bucephalus and it was his war horse and he rode it in all his major battles. Bucephalus served Alexander faithfully and died at last on campaign in India, where Alexander named a city in his honor.In paintings, Alexander is always represented as riding a black horse. Like his master, Bucephalus entered into legend and became a creature of mythic abilities.Everything about Alexander was larger than life, both his real exploits and his imagined ones and so was his beloved horse.