The Amigurumi exhibition in New York (http://resobox.com/amigurumi-artists-15/) begins on 11 December. I take part and my little package is already on the way there.
This time the organizers of the exhibition wanted to show how the Amigurmi culture is developing in each area of the world and they asked for a characteristic or feature of the country or local area.
Since the vultures are hovering constantly over Greece, I should have made this animal, but – joking aside, – I decided to crochet a Minotaur. He is a figure from the Greek mythology – a hybrid of a man and a bull.
The Minotaur was the result of infidelity by Queen Pasiphae and a bull. The husband, King Minos wanted, that this monster, that reminded him every day of his wife’s infidelity, disappears as soon as possible.
He ordered to built a huge maze known as the labyrinth on Crete to imprison the dangerous and aggressive Minotaur.
One day, King Minos conducted war against Athens and he won. He claimed from the Athenians that every nine years they must sacrifice seven boys and seven maidens to the Minotaur.
Theseus, son of the Athenian king, was very angry about the sacrifice and he decided to kill the beast. His girlfriend Ariadne gave him a ball of yarn so he could find the way back out of the labyrinth.
Theseus fastened the end of the yarn thread at the entrance and uncoiled the ball during walking. He killed the sleeping Minotaur and found his way back with the help of the thread.
This is a beautiful and adventurous story and what I especially like: The ball of yarn, which saves the hero! Maybe Ariadne would have crocheted also a scarf for him, but Theseus was not a gentleman.
He left Ariadne on Naxos island, when she was sleeping. Then she married Dionysos, but she was still in love with Theseus. When she heard about his death later, she deeply mourned the loss of him.
If you want to have your very own Minotaur, then this is no problem, because you can find the pattern here: Pattern Minotaur
If you see the the Minotaurs in New York, give them my best regards!