Happy World Rhino Day!! The Black Rhino
16 X 24
Oil on Canvas
The Rhino is a species constantly under threat by humans. Rhinoceros are killed by humans for their horns, which are bought and sold on the black market. By weight, rhino horns cost as much as gold on the black market. The horns are often ground up into dust and consumed, with many believing the ingesting of the horns have many therapeutic qualities. Most commonly, it is said to give men sexual strength, prowess and toted as a cure for erectile dysfunction (ED); however, these days it is used for a variety of wide-ranging ailments. Some are as insignificant as a hangover and some are as magnificent as the ability for the horn to cure cancer. Sadly, there is no scientific evidence to back any of these theories and as such the rhino continues to dwindle in numbers.
The belief that the ingestion of the horn was the equivilant of today's ED drugs such as Viagara derives from many centuries earlier, perhaps originating with the Italian God Faunus. A grandson of Saturn, Faunus was typically represented as half man and half goat, in imitation of the Greek Satyr. (Brittanica)
Widely believed to be a God of Fertility, his horns came to represent the man with the strong sex drive and more importantly - one who had the ability to impregnate women with ease.
Somewhere along the way, not-so-smart people concluded that by eating ground up rhino horns, one could receive these sexual gifts. And the rhino now is critically endangered because of this false assumption.
World Rhino Day began being celebrated on September 22 of 2010 and it is the celebration of all five species of the rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos.
On Sale through this weekend at $275.00 with a portion of the profit going to the WWF.
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