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Minotaur, the creature with the head of a bull


The Minotaur was a cannibalistic monster with the body of a man and the head of a bull. His actual name was Asterion.

The Birth of the Minotaur

Minotaur was created by Pasiphae, the wife of King Minos, when she mated with a bull that was sent to her by god Poseidon.
King Minos,according to a myth, after a prophecy he received from the Oracle of Delphi, asked the craftsman Daedalus to create a building inside of which the Minotaur would be enclosed. So Daedalus built the Labyrinth,a colossal palace which was impossible to navigate.

Minotaur means "the bull of Minos" in ancient Greek.

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