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Pronunciation : PANN

(Greek Deity)PAN

Also known as AEGIPAN (possibly!)
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When in Rome : Faunus

The feisty Greek God of shepherds, flocks and fornication.

Pan's parentage is the subject of many a heated debate with Zeus, Hybris, Hermes, Penelope and Dryope all laying equal claim, but some say he is the oldest god of all.

As soon as Pan was born his nurse fled in horror which could well be the worlds first documented case of Pan-ic, and it's hardly suprising. He was all goat from the waist down and the pug nose and horns, while quite endearing, did little to enhance the human half, but confidence was never a problem.

He rogered his way through the entire family of Manaeds and even managed to coax Selene the moon goddess out of the sky by sporting a fetching pair of white woolly pants to hide his dodgy bottom half, but Pan's PR people often forget to mention he had more misses than hits. Echo and Syrinx both payed a pretty heavy price for resisting his amorous advances, though the latter was turned into Pan's pipes, so she had his lips all over her in the end.

One time Pan snook into Omphale's bed unaware that she had been indulging in a spot of role reversal with a certain hero, and dressing him up in her dress was all part of the punishment. 'Cross dressing son of Zeus' headlines made the front slate of all of Greece's top tablets and caused much embaressment for Heracles and many bruises for Pan, but it didn't curb his enthusiasm.

As a lover of rustic tunes and an expert pipe player a blow off with fellow musical genius Apollo was inevitable. When the dust had settled all of those present agreed that Pan was second fiddle to the Olympian God, except for King Midas, who found his head adorned with huge donkey's ears to improve his obviously faulty hearing.

Pan represents unbridled male sexuality and carnal lust, which basically means he was a horny old goat, and with his reputation and appendage preceding him it's little wonder he was worshipped as a powerful symbol of fertility.

But there was something about Pan that rubbed early christians up the wrong way - most probably his almost permanent state of sexual arousal - so when they were looking for a blueprint for the devil guess where they pointed the finger?
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'PAN' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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