The Minotaur | Greek Mythology

The Minotaur – The Monstrous Son of a White Bull

The Minotaur is the monstrous son of a white bull, sent by Poseidon and Pasiphae, the wife of the Crete king, Minos. The child was born with the body of a man and the head of a bull, and was named Minotaur (Minos’ Bull).

The Minotaur fed each year on seven boys and seven girls, who were sent as a tribute by the Athenians. To stop these sacrifices, the hero Thesus entered the Labyrinth where he lived and killed it. Thesus was aided by Minos’ daughter, Ariadne, who gave him a sword to slay the beast, and a ball of thread which he could unravel through the maze so he could find his way out.

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