A Modern Greek Mythology: The Minotaur

I know it’s late, as you saw in my Friday post, but I promised you content and here it is. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to put into another chapter of The Prism, but I’d sooner you feel a little disappointed in the delay than feel disappointed in a rushed chapter. I take the quality of The Prism very personally and want to make sure it’s great. So, for now, I want you to all enjoy another Modern Greek Mythology. This week will be about the disturbing creation of the Minotaur. You can check out the original story here for reference.

A Modern Greek Mythology: The Minotaur

Minos sat sternly at his kitchen table. He had just got back from a long day at the office. He was the Vice President of the entire corporation, and the CEO had just died. The CEO was his stepfather, Asterius. This puts Minos next in line to take over the business. But he had to prove that he deserved to be next in line. Asterius didn’t have any children of his own, but since Minos was his stepson, he believed it only to be fair that he took the CEO position. But he had to convince the board to feel the same way.

Minos’ wife, Pasiphae, brings him dinner to the table. They eat in silence. Pasiphae believes him to be grieving for his stepfather, but in reality, Minos is just hatching a plan. Then it comes to him. Minos rushed out back and falls to his knees. He prays to Poseidon.

“Poseidon. Send me a bull from your oceans so that I may sacrifice it to you. I do this, in hopes that you may bless me with good fortune. The good fortune to receive this company and persuade the board to be agreement to pass it on to me. I deserve this,” He begs. He hears nothing and returns inside. The board meeting was tomorrow, he had to think.

After thinking all night, he gave up. He would go in tomorrow with what he had and hope for the best. When he woke in the morning, he looked outside to see a bull standing in his backyard. He ran outside. He started crying.

“Thank you, Poseidon, thank you!” He looked at his watch. “I apologize Poseidon, but I have to catch this meeting. Thank you for your blessing, I promise to give you your sacrifice the moment I return from work.” He rushed out the door.

Needless to say, he got his CEO position with no votes against him. He barely even had to ask. Elated, he returned home to his wife. Pasiphae made him a grand dinner. She made lobster and steak and invited some of their friend over.

After the dinner, his friends returned home, and he went outside with a knife to give his sacrifice to Poseidon for all of his help. The bull was stunning, majestic even, Minos thought. He couldn’t kill this beautiful creature. He would go find a different bull to sacrifice to him tomorrow and keep this one. He returned to bed.

Poseidon was not pleased that he didn’t receive his promised sacrifice. He would not settle for anything less than that bull. He had to punish Minos. While they were asleep, Poseidon cursed his wife Pasiphae to fall in love with the bull.

Minos woke in the morning to an empty bed. There was no breakfast waiting for him as usual. He looked outside to see his wife next to the bull. Her head rested against its as she stroked his back with her delicate fingers.

“He’s beautiful,” she said as she noticed her husband’s gaze.

“He is,” Minos said hesitantly. “I’ll see you after work.”

When the door closed, she hatched her plan. She loved this bull so much she had to be with him. She called Daedalus, a craftsman friend of theirs. She pleaded that she carve her a wooden cow that she can fit inside.

Daedalus was a bit taken aback by the request, but he did as he was asked. A few hours later, a wooden cow was delivered to her house, it was perfect. She paid him well with a hefty tip. She wheeled the cow out back and placed it next to the bull. She removed her clothing and crawled inside. Moments later the bull began mating with what it thought was the cow. Pasiphae’s plan had worked. She was making love to the bull.

Weeks later, Pasiphae found she was pregnant. Minos was elated, thinking it was his. They settled on the name, Asterius, after Minos’ stepfather.

Eventually, Pasiphae gave birth to the minotaur. It’s head and legs were that of a bull, but overall was very humanoid. Minos realized what had happened, what Poseidon had done.

He was disgusted by the creature and asked Daedalus to create a structure that no one could escape, nor anyone who entered could find their way out. Daedalus started drafting his plans. It took him about a year to create this masterpiece that he built underneath Mino’s property, deep underground. He called it, the Labyrinth.

Once completed, Minos exiled the Minotaur there to live forever. Ever so often, he would send unsuspecting victims into the Labyrinth to keep him fed.

Eventually the Minotaur was defeated by Theseus. Theseus found out about Minos’ awful deeds of feeding helpless people to the Minotaur. Theseus also fell in love with Minos’ daughter, Ariadne. She was determined to help Theseus. She convinced Daedalus to give her the secret to the labyrinth. She passed that information on to Theseus and gave him a ball of thread to navigate his way through the maze so he could always get back out. Theseus found the Minotaur and slaughtered him.

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