The Long Riders Guild Academic Foundation
From ancient Scythians to modern Scientologists the horse has influenced religious events for 12,000 years.
The march of humanity, springing as it does from an infinite multitude of individual wills, is continuous. As each generation of humanity struggles to cope with the transient nature of our existence and the uncertainty of our future, doubts stir and fearful possibilities emerge that reveal a frightening and eternal unknown.
In an effort to understand the incomprehensible, religious beliefs became deeply implanted convictions which often dispersed contradictory messages. Some focused on external practice and ceremony, while others encouraged the search for the sublime.
Thus the endless variety of the human mind encouraged the creation of a cornucopia of religious practices, all of which link earthly happenings to heavenly influences. Each offered the true path through life. Each in turn exerted various degrees of influence on historical events. Many faded away. A few continue to endure.
What appears to have been overlooked is the role the horse played in the development of humanity’s collective religious experience. Throughout history the horse has provided a pleasant and comforting presence in diverse religions. This extraordinary animal has been deemed sacred, has carried gods, has foretold the future, has invoked the spirits and been described in numerous holy texts.
In an effort to encourage an understanding of the horse’s influence on humanity’s search for spirituality, the Long Riders’ Guild Academic Foundation has published a study containing more than sixty visual examples of horse-religious affiliation.
Ranging from Africa to Zoroaster, the study explains how divinities, messiahs, prophets, priests, pharaohs and peasants all shared one common thread throughout the flow of time – their uninterrupted love of the horse.