Pan (god) facts for kids
|God of nature, the wild, shepherds, flocks, of mountain wilds, and is often associated with sexuality|
|Symbol||Pan flute, goat|
|Consort||Syrinx, Echo, Pitys|
|Children||Silenos, Iynx, Krotos, Xanthus (out of Twelve)|
|Parents||many variations including: Hermes and Driope, Aphrodite, or Penelope|
|Siblings||Satyrs, Laertes, Circe, Maenads|
Pan was the Ancient Greek god of pastures, flocks, the mountain wilds and rustic music. In Rome, he was called Faunus. Had the body of a satyr (legs of a goat and body of a human). He was also known to produce an earsplitting sound called a "panic" that caused extreme pain to any who heard it, this sound is actually the origin of the English word panic. He was the lord of the wild and as such, all forest dwelling creatures answer to him, including (but not exclusively) satyrs, nymphs, and forest creatures.
Pan was commonly believed to be dead, as a passing sailor heard a call as he passed an island proclaiming "Tell them the great lord Pan is dead." The sailor spread the news, leading to the belief that he is dead, however some still believe that he lives on today, slowly dying as the wilds of the world are destroyed.
Images for kids
Pan having sex with a goat, statue from Villa of the Papyri, Herculaneum.
Marble table support adorned by a group including Dionysos, Pan and a Satyr; Dionysos holds a rhyton (drinking vessel) in the shape of a panther; traces of red and yellow colour are preserved on the hair of the figures and the branches; from an Asia Minor workshop, 170–180 AD, National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Greece
Pan depicted on the cover of The Wind in the Willows
Francisco Goya, Witches' Sabbath (El aquelarre), of Basque mythology. 1798. Oil on canvas, 44 × 31 cm. Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid.
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