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.