Centaur tattoo-symbol of man, seized his primal instincts, particularly by lust, violence and drunkenness.
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In early Greek art, the centaur depicted as a man with a horse down, and then – in the form of a horse with a human torso and head.
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Centaur was probably a mythical embodiment of actually existing violent robbers in the mountains of Thessaly.
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According to one myth, Ixion death, admitted to the feast, he began to look for a hero, the wife of Zeus. He persuaded the goddess Nephele clouds appear in the image of Hera Ixion.
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Of Ixion and Nephele connection and a monster was born – Centaur.
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He was released on the earth, and his connection with ordinary mares, and there were these horrible creatures – wild, drunken rapists, often with mutilated faces, unsuccessfully opposing forces of good and order. As such, in Christian iconography, they represent a sensual passion, adultery, and heresy. On the other hand, there is a version of the morally perfect centaurs, which were derived from Cronus. Among them was Chiron, the wise teacher, healer and friend of Herakles (Hercules in Roman mythology). Hercules, having given a poisoned arrow, accidentally wounded Chiron, who sacrificed his immortality for the release of Prometheus, earning itself a place in the sky in the southern constellation Centaurus form. This story can be interpreted as a metaphor for the superiority of reason over instinct, and gives occasion to recognize that the image of the centaur has a fairly wide range of interpretations. Centaurs also appear in the Vedic myths (there they are called gandharvas), as symbols of physical strength and intelligence.