The Quinotaur is a mythical
sea creaturementioned in the 7th century Frankish Chronicle of Fredegar. Referred to as "bestea Neptuni Quinotauri similis", [Pseudo-Fredegar - "Historia", in " Monumenta Germaniae Historica", Scriptores Rerum Merovingicarum, Tomus II. Hannover: 1888.] ("the beast of Neptunethat looks like a Quinotaur") it was held to have fathered Meroveusby attacking the wife of the Frankish king Chlodioand thus to have sired the line of Merovingiankings.
The name translates from Latin as "bull with five horns," whose attributes have commonly been interpreted as the incorporated symbols of the sea god
Neptunewith his trident, and the horns of a mythical bull or Minotaur. It is not known whether the legend merged both elements by itself or whether this merger should be attributed to the Christian author. [Fabbro, Eduardo. [http://www.jgmf.org/issues/JGMFIssue4.pdf "Germanic Paganism among the Early Salian Franks."] "The Journal of Germanic Mythology and Folklore". Volume 1, Issue 4, August 2006.] The clerical Latinity of the name does not indicate whether it is a translation of some genuine Frankish creature or a coining.
The suggested rape and subsequent family relation of this monster attributed to
Frankish mythology, correspond to both the Indo-European etymology of Neptune (from PIE '*nepots', "grandson" or "nephew", compare also the Indicand Avestan'Apam Napat', "grandson/nephew of the water") [J.P.Mallory - In Search of the Indo-Europeans, Thames and Hudson, 1989, ISBN 0-500-27616-1, p 129.] and to bull-related fertility myths in Greek mythology, where for example the Phoenicianprincess Europa was abducted by the god Zeus, in the form of a white bull, that swam her to Crete.
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