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Roman Agriculture God

The Woodpecker of Wisdom

The son of SATURNUS, to start with he was a perfectly normal run-of-the-mill demi-god. He became the first king of Latium and was famous for delivering oracles by tapping on a piece of wood. This made him very popular with his subjects. Advice on tap.

As his fame spread, CIRCE the Greek enchantress decided she fancied him. But he was engaged to CANENS and spurned her advances. Rejecting a witch’s passion usually leads to trouble — they are a melting pot of wild emotions and tend to explode when love doesn’t go their way.

The furious CIRCE lashed out with a spell and PICUS was changed into a woodpecker. This made the peasants like him even more. Who doesn’t love a woodpecker?

PICUS flew off and became an agricultural deity specializing in the fertility of crops. Hence the expression ‘keep your pecker up’. Some say he even has a connection with fertilizer god STERCULIUS. But he never lost his prognostication powers and still taps out his wise messages to this day. He is particularly good at forecasting rain. If you hear a woodpecker in the woods, you know it’s time to reach for your umbrella.

In the deity pecking order, PICUS is also reputed to be the father of frolicking woodland celebrity FAUNUS. We can only presume this event happened before his woodpecker transformation.


Name : PICUS
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Location : Italy and Roman Europe
Gender : Male
Type : deity

In charge of : Agriculture and Farming
God of : Agriculture, Farming

Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Popularity index : 10456

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Article last updated on 13 July 2013 by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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