Huge Submerged Minotaur Statue Found In Patagonia
A sculpture of a Minotaur with a human torso and bull’s head was discovered in a lake in Argentine Patagonia, with a gigantic mask measuring 1.4 by 1 meter.
Six meters from the coast and four meters above the surface, easily visible and even easier to scare. The submerged monument measures one and a half meters high, weighs 250 kilos and hides its heart behind a padlock like a safe. Several visitors to Mari Menuco reported seeing a mysterious object submerged in the lake during March and April.
According to LM Neuquen, on Sunday, April 10, a 23-year-old young man who did not want to reveal his identity and asked to be called Cristian went kayaking. He observed something under the sea while returning to one of the bays where his family resided. He turned his kayak around and went back to see if that strange rock looked like anything.
“And there I saw it, a minotaur.” At first he terrified me. “There are numerous rumors about that lake that we all laugh about, but I think there is some truth to the stories,” the man told the local newspaper. All of his reservations about otherworldly entities were verified at that moment.
There was a Minotaur submerged in the middle of the lake, but fortunately for Cristian and the people who live nearby, this Minotaur was made of iron and cement.
Could he now reach out and touch the Minotaur that had been sighted?
Cristian remembered trying to dive into the monument to get a better view. He eventually did not and returned to the seashore, where he met one of his cousins and returned with the submerged Minotaur.
“I wasn’t convinced. “At first he said he was playing with him, but I insisted so much that he agreed to attend,” says Cristian.
His 18-year-old cousin’s first impression was the same as Cristian’s when he saw the monument. “I looked at his horrified expression and chuckled. “You didn’t trust me; There it is,” I informed him and he relaxed a little.
They jumped into the water and attempted to submerge themselves, but did not come into contact with the artwork. Neither of them was prepared or had the necessary equipment.
“But we were able to see it, which is a positive thing,” said the 23-year-old, who visited the site the following weekends and became intrigued by the topic.
“I became a fan of water after that day,” he said.
So what did the Minotaur symbolize?
Cristian began to investigate what a minotaur was doing submerged in a lake and discovered a probable explanation.
The Mapuche lifestyle
The Mapuche are a group of indigenous peoples who inhabit present-day south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina, including sections of Patagonia.
Within the Mapuche worldview there is something known as the “Gen Ko”, a kind of protective force associated with each place.
“Each part of nature has its own, that is why the Mapuche always ask permission before entering the lake or cutting down a tree.” “They want General Ko’s approval,” he said.
Furthermore, when these natural forces feel threatened within this same civilization, they manifest.
“I think we are causing significant environmental damage and we need to address it.” Have you noticed how many oil wells surround this lake? It is a serious problem and perhaps that is why someone threw this Minotaur into the lake. “It’s to alert us that we’re doing something wrong,” he said.
To better understand the strange narrative of a Minotaur submerged in the center of the lake, Lefxaru Nawel of the Lof Newen Mapu of the Mapuche Confederation of Neuquén explained: “In our tradition, all elements, in general, have their Gen, and “Ko” It means water.” So “Gen Ko” refers to the protective energies of water.”
Furthermore, “Mari” means ten and “Menú” implies marshes in Mapuche.
“Before it was flooded and the lake was formed, it was a very important place because many plants were used for medicinal purposes and had fundamental properties,” says Lefxaru Nawel.
“When there are enormous places, like a river, a lake or a mountain, those forces are personified in animals or supernatural creatures,” he added from his Mapuche perspective. So maybe the Minotaur represents that protection.”
Beyond the representation that this sculpture may generate, he emphasized that not everyone can see Gen Ko. “They are constantly present, but not everyone sees them.” When we enter the water or participate in ceremonies, we always ask permission to intervene. “People in our culture can see them in natural components,” said Lefxaru Nawel.
After two weeks, Cristian returned to Lake Mari Menuco, having discovered reasons ranging from logic to theory and wishing to see the Minotaur again.
He walked towards the lake to get as close to the Minotaur as possible. She got into the kayak and tried, but failed. “Whoever made the sculpture designed it so that it can only be seen from above, without having to go down,” Cristian explained.
Another find was found after numerous attempts and swimming to the Minotaur with friends. Another sculpture was sunk in the lake: a huge mask.
Cristian and his friends had come across a huge face protruding from the ground, measuring 1.40 meters by 1 meter, not far from the Minotaur. His mouth was wide open, his lips were marked, and “Eternal Journey” was written on his cheekbones.