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Kurishk (also Koresck[1]) is a one-horned sheep in Zoroastrian mythology. According to the Bundahishn, there are five species of sheep, the fifth of which is the Kurishk, which is as large as a horse and has a great horn. It lives in the hills. One of Persian kings, Manuschihar, kept a Kurishk as a steed.

Odell Shepard said that the Koresck educated one of the Zend kings, but that is probably a mistranslation of the Bundahishn. It is not even clear if the creature's horn really is singular. Its original prototype is believed to be the mouflon.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Odell Shepard. The Lore of the Unicorn. Chapter VIII.
  2. Antonio Panaino, "Between Mesopotamia and India: Some Remarks about the Unicorn Cycle in Iran"

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