Showing posts with label Pan - The Goat Hooved God. Show all posts
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pan - The Goat Hooved God


Pan -The Goat Hoofed God-
The Greek God Pan is perhaps one of the most recognized ancient deities in
Greek Mythology. I hope that you my dears will Enjoy my next post on the playful ancient
deity Greek Horned God Pan. I thought I would explore new and different Gods that have
a bit of personality. Enjoy!
 Perhaps it could be his most familiar form, the Horned God/
Wild Man. Pan is more of an rustic God whose home is the remote Peloponnesian
Arcadia surrounded by the mountains. He wonders through the woodlands glades
with the dancing nymphs, Pan with his long-haired and shaggy looks the deity whose haunts
are the mountain peaks and rocky caves  are a keen-eye hunter as well as good shepherd.
Pan would play his pipes in the evening, vying with the bird songs and would joined by the
sweet-voiced Nymphs, almost every evening. Their music would echo around the mountain tops,
Pan
while the goat-footed God would always join in the dancing and other activities that would go on
all night long in the warm summer nights in his mountains. Pan's pastures that he flocks were in a soft meadow where the crocus and the fragrant of hyacinths mingled with the tender grasses under their bare
feet.  Pan is an ancient God indeed, harkening back to the old hunter/ gatherer societies with their horned
or antlered shamanic Gods. But with the Neolithic revolution came agriculture and animal domestication.
So Pan became the herdsman's God associated with goats which were the principal livestock of that part
of Greece.
Pan's origin's were in Arcadia, where he would worship on Mount Maenalus and Mount Lycaeus which were  sacred to him. I found in doing this post that, The Gods On Mount Olympus had a bit of a tiff when it came to his came to what Pan name means:
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 Here's the story: The Homeric Hymn relates that when Hermes brought the infant Pan to Mount Olympus, all the Gods were delighted and they decided to call him Pan, which means literally 'All'. The ancient scholars of Alexandria believed that Pan personified the Natural Comos, and the word Pantheism is derived from this idea, that all Nature is God and that God is All Nature:  not merely a manifestation of the material world but the Animus Mundi, the spirit of the natural world. The problem was modern linguistic scholars, tend to prefer to derive the name of Pan from a word which means 'pasturer'. The spread of Pan's worship beyond his home pastures of Arcadia was said to have arisen around the 5th Century BCE.
Pan asked why the Athenians why they neglected him, and so the Gods promised them victory over the
Persians if they would worship Pan. At Marathon, the Persians were routed and fled in a Panic: so, the
Athenians built a temple for Pan on the Acropolis and his worship soon extended to all of Greece.
Pan was a very happy goatfooted, noisy, laughing and loved the ladies in either Godly form, Nymphs or even human sometimes which had a number of possibility's of parents. His first possibility was Pan being the son of Hermes by the Arcadian Nymph Dryope. Pan could possibly be the son of Zeus by Thymbris or Callisto, Another mother for Pan could be Amalthea the Cretan Goat-goddess who was the nursemaid to both
Zeus and Dionysus.
Pan with river nymphs
in the forest
It seems as Pan got more poplar in Greece they seemed to use these attributes along with symbols of male sexuality. This was both in Greece and The Romans. In Roman is where it got started that you would Identified Pan with their own God Faunas and Piraeus from Asia Minor, whose characteristics and physical appearance were very similar to Pan.
Pan had many lovers, at that. And they were both female and male, quite apart from his constant pursuit of
the anonymous nymphs that would come looking for him in his woodlands. Even though he was portrayed as
aggressively masculine, Pan's sexual nature was so profound that it transcended any boundaries; in this He
resembled both Hermes and Dionysus's. Two of Pan's better-known love affairs including the Moon Goddess
Pan with many nymphs in his
forest
Selene and his pursuit of the Nymph Syrinx whose father was the river Ladon. Lodon rescued his daughter form Pan by turning her into a reed. Frustrated, Pan plucked some reeds and made His Pan-pipes to recall the sweet voice of His would be love thought his musical pipes made out of the very reeds  that once were his beloved Nymph Syrinx. His pipes were called the Syrinx. Beyond His pastoral, hunting, and musical nature Pan shared with his father,
Hermes, the gifts of wisdom and prophecy.  In this sense, Pan seems to personify the concept of wisdom through oneness with Nature. He had a positive side that was
portrayed as the laughing, lusty lover and musician. This side of Pan was called the "Pangenitor' the all-begetter.
But like all the Gods of Nature Pan had a shadowy side as well too. This was seen in Pan the Hunter side and the Pursuer who was prone to violence and madness at times, well in this form Pan is called 'Panphage' the all-devourer and as such He was perceived as a dangerous protector of the Wilderness. He could cause
a sudden panic and irrational wild fear in the noonday silence of a deserted mountainside of his forest. This dark side of Pan and also his rampant sexuality were looked on with such horror and disgust by the Medieval Christian Church that some of their images of the devil were given the horns, hooves and his sexual appearance at times/ of the familiar Greek God Pan. Nevertheless even with the images of Pan in His European guise of Robin Goodfellow continued to be the focus of joyous rural celebrations well into the 16th century CE. It was said that many romantic poems were written in the 18th and 19th centuries, recalling the classical glory and the Nostalgia God of Nature Pan in the so-called Age of Reason: This is  one of the poems: Shackle by the Iron Age
Lost the Woodland heritage, Heavy goes the heart of man, Parted
from the light-foot Pan; Wearily he wears the chain, Till the Goat-god comes again.Pan as protector and represented the Mystery and divinity of the wild Nature. He was a gentle Piper at the
gates of dawn, and he poised magic in his pipes of music. Yet, Pan is also a proud celebration of the 
liberationg power of male erotic energy in its purest and most beautiful form.  At the time, when the 
puritanical and prurient forces are working for the same goals, it is vital that we reclaim joyous, non-exploiative male sexuality form the morass of vilification and suppression. Pan was a Gender is the Father, the Lover, the Son , the Brother and the Friend who is real, powerful and true. His message to us today is to trust your body and learn to revel in its erotic animal energy; to listen to the sweet seductive music in the 
wind.. Pan told us that we are all part of the web of life that is connected to all of Nature and that we all
need to look for the spark of Pan in every Man. So I come to you my dears friends and Followers
another Post kinda erotic in away.. hehehe. I think in away we all have a bit of Pan in all of us. We just don't want to let it out. in this would it isn't proper. In the anicent world it seemed more free and open at times then
 now so up tight and stressssss!!!!











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