Glossary entry for

The horse is one of the primary totem beasts of the British Isles : a fact attested by the taboo on eating horse meat. In Celtic legend, the goddess Rhiannon is associated with the horse, whose shape she often took. The most ancient horse chalk figure, White Horse Hill in Berkshire, still testifies to the joint Celtic and Saxon reverence for this animal. In folklore and Arthurian legend, many knights go in quest of a horse with a magical bridle. When found, it is usually a mare who turns back into a woman.

Contributed by Alan Pert, Sydney, Australia

In at least one Van song ("Slim Slow Slider") there are other references in the lyrics which suggest an alternate interpretation of "horse": as a slang reference to heroin (see the Glossary entry for "slim slow slider" for additional details).

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