Mythological Creatures: Minotaur

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The minotaur is a creature often found in Greek mythology. The origin of the creature was from Queen Pasiphae of the land of Crete and the wife of Mino (the king of Crete) when she had relations with a bull. The minotaur was the monster that was the result of this coupling...

Although in mythology he is known mostly as ‘the minotaur’, his actual name is Asterion. He is usually depicted of having the body of a human and the head of a bull or a human head with a bull’s body. King Mino found Asterion a disgrace and embarrassment to himself and his kingdom. The king felt so strongly about this that he demanded that Asterion be hidden some place that it would be nearly impossible to find him. The place they found to be the most fitting for this was the labyrinth. King Mino decided that every year, there would be a sacrifice of seven maidens and youths would be sacrificed to the Minotaur in order to make sure that he was always fed. These sacrificed continued for nine years, until another hero, Theseus, learned about the events that were taking place in Crete. In this horror, he decided that he must stop these sacrifices and did so by volunteering as a sacrifice for the minotaur. With the help of King Mino’s daughter Ariadne, and with the promise of marriage, Theseus used string to track his way through the maze until he reached the minotaur. Once he found the minotaur, he killed the creature by beating it to death. Accomplishing this task, he led the other sacrifices out of the maze and to freedom once more. The death of the minotaur was celebrated by all. Asterion was the only one of his kind.