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Humans With Horns Myth or Reality? Truth is Stranger Than Fiction.

Man with horns Yeah I know, not real, but you do get real people with horns! see below!

Man with horns Yeah I know, not real, but you do get real people with horns! see below!

They say truth is stranger than fiction. And with truth comes enlightenment. What we have to realize is that myths and legends are always steeped in mythical and magical word of mouth down through the ages, with whispers twisting this way and that, weaving and elaborating tales that are so tall they reach the sky.

But somewhere within those magical tales the truth shines through like a golden thread. The things we believe, are sometimes the things we know. From the horned Gods of legend, to the woolly monster that is known as the yeti.

Giants, little people and Dragons. They all have their place in the modern world. We just have to look closer to see the truth.

Do you believe in Dragons?

Here we take a look at that golden thread, and see how our ancestors could really believe that these people and animals were really Gods. Fake skull similar to the Pennsylvania find. Fake skull similar to the Pennsylvania find.

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The Horned Man. Myth.

From Herne the Hunter of Celtic British Myth, to the famous Devil in the Bible, horned men and women have been portrayed down the ages as something mystical and magical. Some believe they are evil, others say that they are the spirits of the forest.

Herne the Hunter from English Folklore is a ghost or Spirit that is said to haunt Windsor Great Park, home of the Queen. He was first mentioned in Shakespeare's play The Merry Wives of Windsor. He was said to be head keeper of the grounds of Windsor at the time of Elizabeth I but fell from grace by committing an offence and hanged himself in shame.

And of course the famous Pan of Greek legend was said to have horns.

But the myths and legends must have started somewhere. And this is the reason why we still believe in a modern world.

Horned skulls have been showing up in books and the internet for many years now, but are they actually real? There was one particular case from Pennsylvania that states a number of skulls were found that had horns, but they 'disappeared' before anyone could study them fully.

We don't actually need to see skulls to prove that people had horns. Archaeology may not show us the reality, but real people on the other hand, are a different matter.

Herne The Hunter.

Herne the Hunter a myth from Englands past.

Herne the Hunter a myth from Englands past.

Chinese Woman with Horn.

Chinese woman with horn

Chinese woman with horn

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Horned People Fact. Cutaneous Horns.

It's a fact. People can and do grow horns out of their heads. The medical term is called Cutaneous Horns.

So what causes it?

There are various ideas about why this strange anomaly happens. Some scientists believe it could be caused by either radiation caused by too much sun exposure.

Others believe that the papillomavirus, that causes warts to form on the skin may be the answer. In some cases it can be either or both.

They can also occur because of a skin disease or trauma to the head.

The horns are made from Keratin the same substance that make up our hair and nails.

The largest horn that was recorded was from a woman named Madame Dimanche, a French woman who lived in the 19th Century. The horn measured over 9ins in length. The funny thing was that she took nearly six years before she asked a Doctor to remove it! She had a face cast taken just before the removal. (See below)

These days most seem to occur in China or East, the most famous being a 101 year old woman from Lushan Country China. Her name is Zhang Ruifang and according to her son, she started to grow the horn after she had a thick patch of skin start to form on her head. It just carried on growing, and she now believes that she has one growing on the other side too.

There is one 69 year old unknown woman who was given the nick name the Unicorn woman, for obvious reasons. In her case she said that she had been bumped on the head years ago, and the horn was the result. Evidently she put up with the horn for twenty years! But after its removal you couldn't see the scar.


Tokyo Medical University Department Specimen.

Chinese mans horn was measured then molded into wax.

Chinese mans horn was measured then molded into wax.

Human Horns.

You Think That Was Weird? Take A Look At This!

Horned Gods.

Throughout history there have been many people who have grown horns because of what we now know is purely medical reasons. But back then in the depths of time, people would have believed in Horned Gods and Goddesses.

And to see them would have have made generations of people bow down to them, and worship them as Gods. as time has gone by, these strange and wonderful people have become legends.

These days we see them as a curiosity to be sympathised with or even laughed at. I think we have lost the magic of imagination and reverence.

The myths and legends that we now yearn for are taken apart, put in the spotlight and scorned as medical curiosities to be stared at and then forgotten.

Its a shame.

The strange thing is, the human psyche is still yearning for more. We desperately want to find Bigfoot and the Loch ness monster. We need to know that Aliens have landed. We want the magic of those days gone past. And yet they are staring us in the face.

Sometimes we need to see things as they are, and wonder at their uniqueness. That way we can give back the respect and dignity that these people deserve.

(c) copyright nell rose


Nell Rose (author) from England on June 15, 2020:

Hi Victor, thanks for reading.

Victor hoods on June 14, 2020:

Wao! Thanks for the insight

Aftab Ahmed from Karachi on May 23, 2020:

it just math nothing else

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 14, 2020:

Thank you Sourav.

hubber8893 on May 13, 2020:

Very detailed insight in the subjected matter about human with horn. I have listened for the first time about it through your hub. It was an interesting read for me.

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 17, 2018:

Thanks Theophanes, yes it just goes to show how myths and legends are based on reality. thanks for reading.

Theophanes Avery from New England on May 15, 2018:

Hmmm, I have always considered horned gods just to be more representative of goats than humans (many of them share the same lusty nature as male goats.) I never stopped to consider maybe someone a long time ago did indeed have a horn or two sprouting from their noggin'. Interesting idea.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 18, 2015:

Hi Jo, that sounds lovely, hope you have a wonderful time! are you going off the island? wherever you go keep safe, and have a ball! lol!

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on February 17, 2015:

Good day nell just saying hi am around just busy see me soon. Going in a mini vacation from tomorrow plz God.

Hope all is well with you and your family.

Hugs Ladyfiddler

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 17, 2015:

Hi Buildreps, yes that's probably it! back then it had to be the devil etc, now we know its just keratin! lol! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 17, 2015:

Thanks colorfulone, yes its amazing isn't it? they say truth is stranger than fiction! lol!

Buildreps from Europe on February 16, 2015:

Amazing article. I only heard about this in myths, but never knew this actually existed. This might explain more about medieval superstitions about witches, devils etc.

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on February 16, 2015:

Your photos are worth a thousand words! I didn't know about this topic . You wrote a very interesting article here. Thanks, Tina

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 16, 2015:

Hi Pollyanna, thanks so much for reading, yes so many myths and legends come from reality, I am still waiting for elves to pop up somewhere in archaeology! lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 16, 2015:

Thanks so much Audrey! lol!

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on February 16, 2015:

This is so interesting, Nell! I have been to a Believe It or Not Museum, and it had some very strange things, but not any horned people. Well done.

Pollyanna Jones from United Kingdom on February 15, 2015:

This is really interesting! As you point out, animal horns are made of keratin, as is our hair. I read that these growths are also known as cutaneous horns, basically a keratinous skin tumour. It might explain a lot of legends out there! Amazing stuff. Voted up and shared.

Audrey Howitt from California on February 15, 2015:

So cool Nell!!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 10, 2014:

Thanks Deb! lol!

Debra Allen from West Virginia on July 10, 2014:

You can add me in to the crazies too!! Nuttier than a fruitcake here!

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on July 10, 2014:

Yes I am my dear :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 10, 2014:

Hi LF, lol! I thought I was the only one who danced around in the full moon! yes I am just crazy too, I hope! haha! thanks again, and hope you are having a wonderful day.

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on July 10, 2014:

LOL hmmm well i am a crack nut also Nell, and my craziness really gets weirder around full-moon where I'd just be giggling and talking with myself etc. Dancing, singing loud and i don't care who is watching ha ha ha.

You know it has been said that around full moon crazy people acts up it seems highly possible lol.

I am sane though my craziness is just a fun way of enjoying life :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 09, 2014:

LOLOLO! Hiya LF! yep mad as a bag of spanners as we say over here! I just love weird stuff, the weirder the better for me! Great to see you as always.

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on July 09, 2014:

Nell i wish i could have taken a 'SELFIE" right now and show you my facial expression EWWWW!!! are there really people living with these horns come on i mean like serious?

GROSS GROSS GROSS! I could not finish watching out the horn video lol i was freaking out.

So the Ghost hung himself in Windsor Garden WAW! What happened he did not get enough people to spook out lmbo.

Your really nuts......

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 04, 2014:

Thanks Bob, yes they say truth is stranger than fiction don't they? lol! thanks for the read, nell

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on June 04, 2014:

Very interesting article. I enjoyed it immensely. Voted up and interesting. Bob.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 04, 2014:

Hi Anita, that's great! Unicorn girl sounds like an amazing piece, I love fantasy drawings. In fact I have quite a few on my bedroom wall, I would love to see it! thanks for reading, nell

Anita Saran on June 04, 2014:

Nell - your hub inspired me to get back to my bamboo tablet drawing. I have begun on a painting - Unicorn Girl. Not complete yet and tablet drawing really needs practice, but I like the result.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 03, 2014:

Hi Anita, its amazing isn't it? thanks so much for reading, nell

Hi Marsei, glad you liked it, and thanks so much for reading, nell

Sue Pratt from New Orleans on June 03, 2014:

This was unique and fun to read. Voted up!

Anita Saran from Bangalore, India on June 03, 2014:

I was open-mouthed at this! Amazing stuff. Horned gods and goddesses are still out there! Voted up.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 22, 2014:

Hi Lady G, I will look out for it, thanks! and thanks for the share!

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 22, 2014:

Hi mary, lol! no I am sure you won't grow a horn! thanks as always, nell

Debra Allen from West Virginia on March 22, 2014:

Wow this is great Nell! I have missed a lot from being away from Hubpages. If you haven't yet, you should watch the funny movie Transylvania-65000. It is very funny but it sort of a satirical piece on human nature and fear of unusual things as you have brought about in this hub. You have to watch all the way to the end where they tell you what those things that people are so afraid of really are. I am sharing this one!!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 22, 2014:

I am always so impressed by the amount of time and effort you put into your Hubs. This one is no exception!

Sure hope I don't grow a horn!!

Voted up, etc.etc. and shared.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 18, 2014:

Thanks oldhippie, now that would be something to see! lol!

oldhippie on February 18, 2014:

I would love to grow billy goat type horns

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 01, 2014:

Thanks so much Eddy, glad you liked it, nell

Eiddwen from Wales on February 01, 2014:

What a brilliant read Nell and of course brings a few smiles along the way. Voted up and shared for sure.

Here's wishing you a great weekend (despite the weather).


Nell Rose (author) from England on December 14, 2013:

lol! beth now behave, no dirty minds here, well maybe! Haha!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 14, 2013:

Lucky lucky wife maalarue! Haha! thanks for the laugh!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 14, 2013:

Hi Bishop, yep I love grotesque! lol! and I am glad the only horn I have is on my bike! haha! thanks for reading, nell

Beth Perry from Tennesee on December 14, 2013:

lol maalarue!

John Mark from Texas on December 14, 2013:

My wife tell me I have horns...all the time.

Rebecca from USA on December 13, 2013:

what a fascinating, yet a bit grotesque hub. Very unique, and fun to read. I'm so glad I don't have this condition. Blech!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 13, 2013:

Hi Shyron, lol! yep trust me! I love finding out all sorts of odd things, and it fascinates me too, people with horns, who would have thought it? thanks so much for reading, nell

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on December 13, 2013:

Way to go Nell, leave it to you to come up with something odd. This is very interesting and voted that way. Also shared. I wish I could see one for sure.


Nell Rose (author) from England on December 07, 2013:

Lol! sorry about that poetryman6969 thanks for reading, nell

poetryman6969 on December 07, 2013:

Strangest thing I have seen all day.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 29, 2013:

Thanks Mike, I love all these strange stories, and these horned people are amazing, thanks for reading, nell

Mike Robbers from London on November 29, 2013:

Neil such an extraordinary hub, a little bit creepy but yet so interesting story!! Thanks for sharing

Voted up!

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 27, 2013:

Thanks pras, its amazing isn't it? people with horns! who would have guessed! lol! once again, great to see you!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 27, 2013:

Wow...I can't say anything. I had never heard about this before. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Especially for the pictures as well. Voted up :-)


Nell Rose (author) from England on November 22, 2013:

Hi Alastar, I will have to go and see that book, it sounds fascinating, I was going to write about people with tails next! lol! not got around to it yet, I do think there is more to evolution and past civilizations than what we think, its fascinating isn't it? great to see you and thanks!

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on November 21, 2013:

You know Nell there actually some serious writers and researchers( many of whom are Christians for what that's worth, witness the new very interesting book "Exo-Vatica") who believe that there were cloning experiments by "others" and an older advanced human civilization that many of our myths originate from. This of course includes what you write about here. Who knows, our DNA is very close to many of our fellow creatures on this planet. You have a magic way with words which including the intriguing subject matter, pics, and vid made this a great read. In many cases we have lost the magic of imagination and reverence as you say. Thanks Nell. You know a good hub would be on unfortunates with tails, they exist as well on this strange world along with the horns.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 18, 2013:

Thanks so much Cook Book, glad you liked it, nell

Dil Vil from India on November 18, 2013:

Interesting hub, thank you :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 16, 2013:

Hi Eddy, thanks so much as always, and you have a great weekend too, thanks nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 16, 2013:

Hi Vellur, it just goes to show that most myths and legends actually do come from reality in the first place, these people with horns say that really don't they. And the mysterious thing is, if we now can prove this, what about those Aliens? I am waiting! lol! thanks for reading, nell

Eiddwen from Wales on November 16, 2013:

Wow so very interesting Nell ;I loved it and vote up for sure. Voted up and wishing you a wonderful weekend.