97. Prokris cures the childlessness of Minos

Once upon a time, the Athenian hero Kephalos, to test the virtue of his wife Prokris, assumed a disguise, and tempted her with presents, to bed with him. At the promise of a very large gift, Prokris was tempted and she allowed the disguised Kephalos in her bed chamber. Kephalos was angry, threw off his disguise, and Prokris in silent shame, fled away to King Minos of Crete, the son of Zeus and Europa.

At that time, Minos was suffering from childlessness. Pasiphae, the wife of Minos, had become extremely tired of the adulterous ways of Minos and had cast a spell on him. Due to the spell, when Minos went to bed with a woman, he first ejaculated snakes, millipedes, scorpions, and other wild creatures, into the woman, who died a painful death. Thus, no mortal woman dared to bed with Minos, who was forced to remain faithful to his wife. As Pasiphae was immortal, she remained unaffected by Minos’ emissions; however, they remained childless.

When Prokris arrived at Crete, Minos told her how Pasiphae had bewitched him. Prokris devised a way by which Minos could again become fertile. She made a potion from a secret recipe, by which the youthful vigor of Minos stayed a long time. Then she took the bladder of a goat, and inserted it into a woman. Minos entered the woman and ejaculated the snakes and other creatures into the bladder, which was immediately taken out and discarded, before the woman was killed. Immediately, Minos went over to his wife Pasiphae and entered her. The subsequent ejaculation was free from the wild creatures, due to which children were born to them. In this manner, Prokris cured Minos of his childlessness.

Minos was pleased and he gifted Prokris his swift hound that could outrun any beast, and easily catch any prey. He also gifted his javelin that flew without any wavering and without fail, always pierced its target.

Excerpt from the book “Once Upon A Time-II: 150 Greek Mythology Stories” by Rajen Jani