Posted Fri, Dec 16, 2005 by LadySirse
Half-man, half beast, don't try to take these guys money!
has a pretty neat look at the mythical Minotaur from several different games
by Thorjack. It's all to coincendental that GamerGod did this:
Minotaurs: the half-man, half-bull, fearsome beasts of legend, lore and fantasy
have captured the imagination of people across the centuries. From its earliest
beginnings in Greek mythology to its prevalence in modern gaming, the Minotaur
continues to invoke a sense of fear and fascination. Raven’s recent
series of articles on Gamergod, Fantasy vs. Mythology, has covered a great
deal of the differences between these two types of tales. However, the Minotaur
is one of the select monsters that seem to transcend these traditional boundaries,
rising above the level of mere legend to become infused into the fabric of
The mythology of the Minotaur is quite complex, and the origins of the story
are incredibly ancient. Minoan Civilization flourished from approximately
2600 to 1450 B.C. on the Greek island of Crete. This far pre-dates the rise
of what is known as Classical Greek civilization. It was the Greeks who originally
told the story of the Minotaur. Minoan civilization is known to have had a
matriarchal religion and worship centered on several goddesses. The rituals
surrounding this worship included a strange act of ‘bull-leaping,' which
apparently involved jumping onto the back of a charging bull. It may have
been the matriarchal nature of Minoan religion and the ritual of bull leaping
that seemed odd to the Greeks and inspired the myth of the Minotaur.
It's a little history lesson for you plus some cool pictures from the various
games talked about.