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Pan and Psyche (1872/74) - Edward Burne-Jones

Pan with goat (Herculaneum)

Pan is famous for his sexual prowess, and is often depicted with an erect priapus. He was believed by the Greeks to have plied his charms primarily on maidens and shepherds. Though he failed with Syrinx and Pithys, Pan didn't fail with the Maenads he had every one of them, in one orgiastic riot or another. To effect this, Pan was sometimes multiplied into a whole tribe of Panes. It is likely that the demonized images of the incubus and even the horns and cloven hooves of Satan, as depicted in much Christian literature and art, were taken from the images of the highly sexual Pan.


Pan (Greek , genitive ) is the Greek god who watches over shepherds and their flocks. He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a satyr, and is one of the deities within the archetype of the Horned God. His parentage is unclear; in some legends he is the son of Zeus and in some he is the son of Hermes. His mother is said to be a nymph. His nature and name (Pan means "All") is alluring, in many ways he seems to be identical to Protogonus/Phanes. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_(god) [Aug 2004]

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