Monster of the Maze is a famous legend that comes from the island of Crete and the days of the Cretan civilisation, known as the Minoan, after King Minos himself.
It all started because to become King, Minos competed with his brothers. To win he asked the Sea God Poseidon to send him a snow-white bull as a sign of his favour. His plan was to sacrifice the bull in honour of Poseidon, unfortunately, he quite liked the bull, which meant that he decided to keep him, and believed that the God would accept a substitute sacrifice.
However, the God didn’t!
To punish Minos, he made Minos’s wife, Pasiphaë, fall in love with the bull. It worked, so much so that Pasiphaë decided to get the Crete craftsman to create a hollow wooden cow, then she climbed into it so the bull could mate with her. This is how Greek mythology says the monstrous Minotaur was created!
Mythology goes on to explain that Pasiphaë nursed the Minotaur, unfortunately he kept growing bigger and as he did, he became ferocious. As the unnatural offspring of a woman and a beast, the Minotaur had no natural source of nourishment and thus devoured humans for sustenance. Minos, following advice from the oracle at Delphi, had a gigantic labyrinth constructed to hold the Minotaur in the caves under Minos’ palace in Knossos.
It was into this labyrinth that Theseus came to slay the Minotaur, now this is the plot of our musical Monster of the Maze – The Story of Theseus and the Minotaur which you can download at https://bit.ly/36GH1Eb , which is on the front page at www.educationalmusicals.co.uk .
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