Classical Argument Position Paper

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Classical Argument Position Paper | Why do Asian cultures believe that the horns of rhinos possess medicinal and magical healing power? | | Conan Goussard | | English Composition, English 123 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University This is what the professor wrote. Thanks Conan. It was a pleasure. Very nice job on the essay itself. I have seen a great deal of press on this topic of late. I'm glad it is one that you were able to bring your unique perspective to. Nice work! As a young boy growing up in a town called Krugersdorp which was on the outskirts of Johannesburg, we lived near a rhino reserve. I became very fascinated with the animal, seeing such a big animal was very exciting and intimidating. So I started volunteering at the rhino reserve just outside of my town. I got to learn a lot about the animal, like its eating habits, how vast their territories are and how short tempered and near sited, they are. This makes for a very bad situation for any other animal, including humans who venture too close. This made them very vulnerable as I come to find out after a couple of black rhinos were killed for their horns. They will stand their ground rather than run away. Now looking back at those days I started doing some research as to why they kill rhinos for their horns. It turns out that they believe the horns have medicinal and magical healing power. Thus my question is: Why do Asian cultures believe that the horns of rhinos possess medicinal and magical healing power? Asians have had a long connection with rhino horns for many reasons. It is believed that they confused the horn of the rhino with that of the legendary unicorn. Nepalese rulers were known to take rhino blood baths during their rituals. Over 2,500 years ago the Persian courts used hollowed out rhino horn cups as they believed it could detect poisonous substances.

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