Minotaur - WikipediaThe story of Theseus and the Minotaur is one of the finest examples of esoteric mythology from the annals of ancient Greece. The entire tale is immersed in layer after layer of symbolism, each requiring a key and each unveiling a unique mystical meaning. As an introduction to the story we will attempt to sketch its major aspects with a view towards possible theosophical symbols one may find therein. The full text of the story, in several versions, can be found here:. We first come across Theseus as a young boy, being raised by his mother without yet having any relations with his father, who is the King of Athens. Theseus eventually goes to Athens, meets his father, and is accepted as the heir to the throne of the kingdom.
The hero and the minotaur
King Minos of Crete was a powerful man, feared by the rulers of the lands around him. When he demanded goods or men for his great armies, they felt they had to agree. When he demanded they send tributes to honour him, they sent them without question. It was the only way they could stop him going to war with them. But his demands on Athens became too much for them to bear.
The Minotaur was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus. In Crete, the Minotaur was known by the name Asterion ,  a name shared with Minos' foster-father. The use of "minotaur" as a common noun to refer to members of a generic species of bull-headed creatures developed much later, in 20th-century fantasy genre fiction. After he ascended the throne of the island of Crete, Minos competed with his brothers to rule. Minos prayed to Poseidon , the sea god, to send him a snow-white bull, as a sign of support the Cretan Bull. He was to kill the bull to show honor to the deity, but decided to keep it instead because of its beauty.
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One of a number of folkloric mythological picture book adaptations from Robert Byrd others include the Irish tale, Finn MacCoul and His Fearless Wife , and the Grimm fairy tale, The Bear and the Bird King this foray into the world of Greek mythology cobbles together two related tales the story of the hero Theseus, his discovery of his heritage and his father, and his quest to slay the Minotaur, and free Athens from the onerous tribute that had been imposed by King Minos of Crete and the story of the great inventor Daedalus and his son, Icarus, and their flight from captivity in Minos palace.
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