Odin, the father of all gods, rides an eight-legged horse named Sleipnir in Norse mythology. Both the Poetic and Prose Eddas feature this powerful and magical creature. Sleipnir images have been discovered on stone sculptures dating back to the seventh century. Many academics believe that Sleipnir represents the shamanic journey since he has eight legs instead of the typical four, implying that the horse’s origins could be traced back to Proto-Indo-European religion.

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