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This months Myth : THE MINOTAUR

A monster, half-man, half-bull, that devoured sacrificial victims thrown into the Labyrinth CONSTRUCTED BY Dedalus and his son Icarus . Born of Queen Pasiphae's god-inflicted infatuation with a bull (yes, you read it right...really messed up stuff) . the Minotaur was eventually killed by Theseus He promised to his father, Aegeus, that he would put up a white sail on his journey back home if he was successful and would have the crew put up black sails if he was killed.

In Crete, Ariadne, the daughter of Minos, fell in love with Theseus and helped him navigate the labyrinth, which had a single path to the center.

In most accounts she gave him a ball of thread, allowing him to retrace his path. Theseus killed the Minotaur with the sword of Aegeus and led the other Athenians back out of the labyrinth. But he forgot to put up the white sail, so when his father saw the ship he presumed Theseus was dead and threw himself into the sea, thus committing suicide.

The monster is generally depicted as having the head of a bull and the body of a man. But in the Middle Ages, artists portrayed a man's head and torso on a bull's body in wich I think was a attempt to make the monster even scarier...yes the middle ages worked that way.

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