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6-29-2011 @ 10:34AM
I don't think the Tauren are "half" anything though. They're certainly not minotaurs like you may be thinking of from Greek Mythology. There's nothing human about the Tauren, except for their ability to walk upright on hind legs and speak. The Minotaur had the body of a man and the head of a bull. Tauren have fur, tails, hooves.....Tauren, through and through. The biggest thing to me that separates Tauren from Night Elves is the Tauren penchant for Shamanism. I think as humans we get caught up in trying to humanize everything we see, so if we see something that vaguely resembles a man we try to imagine how a man might have turned into that thing at one point. Thus in discerning the "less human" humanoids of Azeroth we have a tendency to fall back on Druidism. But the Tauren's connection to the earth and the elements seems as strong as the Nelves' connection to the moon, imo.I'll be surprised (and a bit disappointed, mind you) if we find out later that some Night Elf druid once turned into a Tauren and that's why we have Tauren now. Bliz has told that story already, and it's why we have worgen.
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