My Favourite Monsters A-Z – Minotaur

October 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm (fantasy, horror, writing) (, , , , , , , )

I honestly have several favourite monsters that I could choose for this post, but I return to my preferred Greek mythology for inspiration and an appropriately scary monster. The minotaur, half-man half bull, was supposedly the offspring of King Minos’s spouse, Queen Pasiphae , and…well…a bull. Actually, it was a snow-white bull from the sea, a gift from Poseidon, so it wasn’t just any old bull. She was in a hollow wooden cow designed by Daedalus at the time of…er…conception (there’s no polite way of putting that, and you really don’t want to dwell on that image.) King Minos chose to seal the monster away in a labyrinth (designed by Daedalus and Icarus) on the island of Crete, and he would sacrifice young men and women to the beast. King Minos starved the minotaur, so the beast had no choice but to devour the sacrifices for sustenance (who’s the bigger monster there?) The minotaur would trap the doom souls in his lair and tear them to pieces to feed on their flesh until one day Theseus took on the minotaur and slew him, putting an end to the sacrifices along with the monster.

And here, above, I have my sketch of the minotaur.

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