A god of sex and sheep. What does that tell you about the ancient Greek countryfolk then?
The son of Hermes, and possibly a goat, Pan was one of the Dionysus drinking crowd, with all the leering lusty living this entailed. Woodland glades. Nymphs. Orgies. Flutes. That sort of thing. You get the picture.
As a God with his hooves firmly placed on the ground, Pan was (and still is) worshiped as a potent deity of fertility and earthiness.
He was known as Faunus by the faunicating Romans. In time, his carefree lifestyle began to upset the early Christians, who saw his earthy temptations as a manifestation of the Devil. Who would’ve thought that the horny old goat would become the blueprint for popular conceptions of Satan — cloven hooves, horns and all?
Pan Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
In charge of: Fertility
Area of expertise: Fertility
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1402
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Article last revised on November 18, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.