As I’ve been discussing in previous posts, The Bull is sacred to the Bronze Age Cretans. They have many symbols of the Goddess: pillars, doves, the double axe, but by far the most important is the Bull. (And it is always the bull, the masculine principle, never a cow.) The symbol for the Bull is the Horns of Consecration, which abounds through out. What are the horns of consecration? The carving looks like an oval cut in half with the points (the horns) rising to the sky. The Bull was the key to all magic and were sacrificed for a variety of ritual purposes.
At about the same time, in the Balkans and eastward, another animal was revered. The horse. Like the Bull, the horse had a direct pipeline to the Gods. And, like the Bull, the horse was ritually slain. Slit open to remove the internal organs, the meat was eaten in a feast. The hide and some of the bones were slung over a pole stuck in the ground or placed on a roof.
The horse did not reach Crete until approximately 1500 B.C. There is actually a carved picture of a man in the typical Cretan ship with a single sail ferrying a horse across the water. We don’t know if this actually happened – and it makes a good story – or is simply a myth associated with the horse.