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Minotaurs & Centaurs ~ Real or Myth?

Updated on December 1, 2011
First Photo:  Ancient Greek depiction of a centaur. Second Photo: Greek urn depicting Perseus slaying a Minotaur.
First Photo: Ancient Greek depiction of a centaur. Second Photo: Greek urn depicting Perseus slaying a Minotaur.

by Christine B. © 2011

Throughout recorded history there have been stories about the so-called mythical creatures referred to as minotaurs and centaurs. Minotaurs were said to be beings that had an animal upper body and a man-like human lower body; and centaurs had a human-like upper body and an animal lower body. These creatures have been depicted in ancient artwork for centuries. Because we haven’t seen any of them in recent times most believe that they never existed. This seems to be irrational thought to me. If people drew them, painted them and wrote about them, they must have existed at some point in Earth history.

Those of you who read the Bible must agree, as there is mention of these creatures in that revered book. The Book of Jasher is an ancient book of the Hebrew Bible, but is not included in the King James version. This early book is mentioned in the Old Testament Book of Joshua, however, (10:13), and in 2 Samuel I. 18, 19.

A minotaur is mentioned in Jasher 36:30-35: “120 terrible animals from the wilderness came to the asses of Anan. Their shape was from the middle downward of the children of man and from their middle upward some the likeness of bears.”

Jasher also wrote of a centaur in chapter 61:14: “And it was one day that Zepho lost a young heifer, and he went to seek it, and he heard it lowing round about a mountain. And Zepho went and he saw and behold there was a large cave at the bottom of the mountain, and there was a great stone there at the entrance, and Zepho split the stone and he looked and behold a large animal was devouring the ox. From the middle upward it resembled a man and from the middle downward it resembled an animal, and Zepho rose up against the animal and slew it with his sword.”

Why would anyone write such outlandish accounts in a book of the Bible if they weren’t true? They wouldn’t.

It is also legend that the people of Atlantis performed experiments with this type of human-animal cross breeding. Could these creatures be the result of those bizarre experiments? Was it due to these trials that the Earth was flooded in the time of Noah—to eradicate Atlantis? Is it also why there are no longer minotaurs, centaurs, Pegasus horses, and unicorns roaming the Earth? I guess they weren’t selected to join Noah on the Ark. It makes one wonder what other creatures were not included on the Ark’s guest list.


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      Christine B. 

      4 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      I am also a Christian, but believe that Mythology has nothing to do with religion. Mythology is not a myth at all, but are history. You are not insane, just had a flashback from your past.

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      4 years ago

      As a Christian, I would have previously told you that these creatures were just Greek mythology. But one time late at night I was sitting in my living room, and I could see in my mind's eye a half human (upper) and half horse (lower) creature in the middle of my living room. I thought I was going crazy. It was male, and I did not feel any real fear, I was just confused. I did not have a name for it, so later I had to go google it. All I found was Greek mythology, so I surmised that I must have imagined it because I do not believe in Greek mythology. But today I found your article. It makes me feel less insane. Things that make you wonder..

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      Christine B. 

      7 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Knowing the human race as I do, I have no doubt that they will repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

      Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to comment. I hope you have the time to read more.


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      Jean Bakula 

      7 years ago from New Jersey

      I have recently had a similar discussion in a group I belong to. The Atlanteans had a high tech society, much like we do today, and abused it, destroying life on Earth as it was known. In things I've read, they did those experiments where they mixed animals and people together, although I am sure some of it is myth, and represented in the art. But there are many books of the Bible that didn't get into what we know as the Bible today, so I don't think it has much to do with their invitation on Noah's ark. It was probably millions of years before that. It's scientifically proven that the Earth is much older that what the Bible says. But there is still the danger that people will make the same mistakes the Atlantians, and Lemurians, did.


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