The biggest selling female recording artist in the history of the world— aka the queen of pop, aka Madge, aka whatever you want to call her scored points with Greeks— and primarily Cretans— for her latest iteration into a matador during live performances of her latest single “Living for Love” from her latest album Rebel Heart.
The provocative performer that people love to hate but still buy her records and flock to her concerts in droves used dancers dressed as Minotaurs to accompany her on stage and in the official video.
Minotaurs come from Greek mythology— specifically from the myths of Crete and the legends of King Minos when he ascended the throne after competing with his brothers— and winning, after praying to Poseidon to send him a snow white bull to help him win. Well, the wily king promised Poseidon that he’d sacrifice the bull in his honor when he was done with it but decided against killing it and instead kept him because of his beauty.
To punish Minos, Poseidon made Pasiphaë, Minos’ wife, fall deeply in love with the bull. Pasiphaë had craftsman Daedalus make a hollow wooden cow, and climbed inside it in order to mate with the white bull. The offspring was the monstrous Minotaur. Pasiphaë nursed him, but he grew and became ferocious, being the unnatural offspring of a woman and a beast, he had no natural source of nourishment and thus devoured man for sustenance. Minos, after getting advice from the oracle at Delphi, had Daedalus construct a gigantic labyrinth to hold the Minotaur. Its location was near Minos’ palace in Knossos.
Madonna herself confirms they are indeed minotaurs in Tweets and Instagram posts.
— Madonna (@Madonna) February 6, 2015
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