Centaurs in Wikipedia
In Greek mythology, the centaurs (from Ancient Greek:
Κένταυροι – Kéntauroi) are a composite race of creatures, part
human and part horse. In early Attic and Boeotian vase-
paintings, as on the kantharos (illustrated below left), they
are depicted with the hindquarters of a horse attached to
them; in later renderings centaurs are given the torso of a
human joined at the waist to the horse's withers, where the
horse's neck would be.
This half-human and half-animal composition has led many
writers to treat them as liminal beings, caught between the
two natures, embodied in contrasted myths, both as the
embodiment of untamed nature, as in their battle with the
Lapiths, or conversely as teachers, like Chiron...
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