Minotaur (offspring of Cretan Bull n Pasiphae) was a fearful man-eating beast with a head n tail of bull on a body of man.
Minos fought with his brothers for the right to rule. he prayed to Poseidon to send him a white bull as a sign of approval. he was to sacrifice the bull in honor of Poseidon but kept it instead. to punish Minos, Poseidon caused Pasiphae (Minos' wife) to fall in love with the bull (the Cretan Bull) n the offspring was born. he grew n became ferocious. Minos locked him in a gigantic labyrinth. every year, 7 youths n maidens were fed to him. it lasted for 9 years, until Theseus, who fell in love with Minos' daughter (Ariadne), went into the labyrinth, solved the maze n slayed the sleeping Minotaur.