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Mother of Asterion by gpalmer Mother of Asterion by gpalmer
Pasiphae (meaning "wide-shining" or "all-shining") was a queen of Crete in Greek mythology. She was also the mother of Asterion, otherwise known as the Minotaur. Ancient Cretan myth heavily featured sacred bulls, and it is likely that the original story did not involve mating with a literal bovine. However, the Athenians interpreted this myth to include a curse that filled the queen with lust for the finest bull in the land (one of Poseidon's). Ancient pottery often features images of Pasiphae tenderly nursing her child, despite his later monstrousness.

This image is part of a commissioned series featuring the mothers of ancient Greek mythological characters. 
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joker-nick Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2018
Too bad the kid grows up to be a monster.
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Only because his half-father MADE him into one. Minos denied Asterion human contact, fed him human flesh, locked him away in a labyrinth. Are you surprised he turned feral after all that?
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joker-nick Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2018
Fair point. But the myth I read said that Minos did that AFTER he went feral. Or perhaps I misread that bit
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
No, he hid him away to cover up that his wife slept with a bull.
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joker-nick Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2018
Right, so sad
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bloodyash24 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D'awww. He's adorable.
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