18 Apr

In the last couple of posts, I have treaded the line between history and religion and myth. Today will be no different but this one is rooted soundly in both sides. In the 15th Century BC, Knossos burned down. Knossos was a palace in Crete which was their cultural and political center. In is believed that the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur (aka the story of the Labyrinth) was based on this palace. The ruler of Crete at the time was Minos. Minoan culture was one the most significant of the time period. The loss of such a palace would be a major event.

I would talk more about this place but why do that when there’s this: http://www.bsa.ac.uk/knosos/
It’s a 3-D tour of the palace! I recommend checking it out. I love things like this.

A song for the palace that inspired the Labyrinth. Hmmm. I considered a song by Maze but I have already covered “Joy & Pain” in this blog. And doing a David Bowie song right now would be a little silly. It may be a labyrinth but it’s not that labyrinth. Hmmm.

Song 877- “Bull in the Heather” by Sonic Youth

Confused? Don’t worry, there is a method to the madness. Now as you can tell by the great 3-D tour that the burning of Knossos was not the end of the temple. Archaeologists have discovered a great many things at the palace. One of the most interesting is a fresco depicting a man jumping over a bull. Was this an activity partaken of in Minoan society? Was it a religious rite? Did people do bull leaping at all? The fresco has left a lot of questions and no answers.


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