Minoan society

The social structure of the Minoans and evidence of, largely remained unexplored until later historians and archaeologists started to ask questions. Sir Arthur Evans didn’t delve into the functionality of Minoan society and left “gaps” in the historicity of the people. He did however provide enough fodder to satisfy the burgeoning interest at the time. His main attribution of information stemmed from the organisation of the Knossos Palace and those that were later discovered.

Sir Arthur Evans By Unknown - [1], CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33366535

Sir Arthur Evans
By Unknown – [1], CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33366535

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Female deity reigns

A predominant feature of Minoan culture was their affiliation with nature and the worship of a female goddess. Through their art, archaeologists have been able to identify the multiple roles the goddess represented. The Minoans also worshipped a male god, represented by the bull and the sun otherwise known as the ‘Earthshaker’. In later mythology, this was linked to Poseidon, Greek god of the sea, and the bull was his symbol as were horses. He did after all gift King Minos with a white bull to sacrifice in exchange for rulership of Crete and surrounding islands. For those familiar with the myth will know the outcome of the decision King Minos made by not sacrificing the bull to Poseidon.

Minoan Snake Goddess Heraklion Museum Courtesy of Wikipedia

Minoan Snake Goddess
Heraklion Museum
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