posted on Aug, 25 2010 @ 08:27 AM
reply to post by malcr
Allow me to present a point here that obviously eluded you.
first a few questions to show how much you know about Greeks (ancient ones) and their myths.
1. Where did centaurs live?
2. apart from Zeus' many transformations to get laid (from the top of my head I can recall him being a swan, a bull and golden rain), do you have any
reference that bestiality was common? Mind you, Zeus used those transformations only to lure the women he targeted, once he did he assumed his
Now, on to some answers.
Centaurs lived in Thessaly, a region of modern central Greece, a vast plain dominated by large horse herds. People living there practically spent
their lives on horseback, a practice that survived until the 1960s (still survives as festive activity in some parts, like Tyrnavos and Elasson in the
Larissa prefecture). Southern Greeks, like Myceneans, had far fewer horses and interacted with them far less. When they had contact with Thessalians
they were amazed at those people that were always on horseback, so much so that they included this fact to their mythic tales of "horsepeople" or
"horsemen" in Thessaly - thus the centaurs were "born".
Next time, please check before you discredit a culture you don't get. It is very easy to throw derogatory remarks (I could claim that modern Texans
are living proof of the Indians "mating" with the buffalo, to offer an extreme example) but very hard to erase the negative effect they create -
especially among uneducated audiences!