Cretan Bull

Greek - A white bull sent by Poseidon. This animal came out of the sea to Crete in response to a plea by Minos to Poseidon asking for a sign that would confirm his right to the Cretan throne. Minos should have sacrificed the bull to the sea-god but it was so beautiful that he kept it for himself and sacrificed a lesser animal. In anger, Poseidon arranged for the bull to mate with Pasiphae, the wife of Minos, to produce the monster known as the Minotaur. The bull later roamed wild throughout Crete and caused much damage until it was captured by Heracles as his seventh Labour and brought to Greece. It was released on the mainland and caused further havoc until it was finally killed by Theseus. In some accounts, this is the same animal as the bull, a form of Zeus, which carried off Europa. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Cretan Bull, Marathonian Bull or Marathonian Bull.

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