PAN AND ARTEMIS?
This art is called “Pan and Nymph” but this seems to me to be Artemis (hence a hunting dog that he gifted her with).
Art is by Bertel Thorvaldsen (Denmark)
The Egyptian god Min has very strong parallels with Pan. In fact, some believe Min may even be Pan who is thought to be far more ancient than some believe. Min is a god of fertility and sexuality, particularly male sexuality. He is also depicted as ithyphallic (erect and uncovered) just as Pan is. The Greeks were aware of this connection and identified Min as connected to Pan, during many of their fertility and orgiastic rites.
The prickly plant Lactuca virosa is sacred to Min, an aphrodisiac which secretes a milky substance (likened to semen).
Min is also a god of Agriculture.
(Photo credit: www.flickr.com/photos/amberinsea/)
Banias is an archaeological site by the uninhabited former city of Caesarea Philippi, located at the foot of Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights.The site is 150km north of Jerusalem and 60km southwest of Damascus. The city was located within the region known as the “Panion” (the region of the Greek god Pan), and is named after the deity associated with the grotto and shrines close to the spring called “Paneas”. Pan’s Grotto in Caesarea Philippi (Panias) was a temple to Pan, an ancient cave where worshipers would bring sacrifices to the goat god. Ecstactic parties, orgies, and other worship to Pan, took place outside the cave. When a sacrifice was thrown into the sacred waters, if it disappeared, Pan accepted the sacrifice, if it did not, he rejected it.
In case you didn’t know, the Pan page is back. It was unpublished by Facebook. I can only surmise that it was due to the number of reports from religious extremists, as I had received a number of threatening messages. So, I started this new page. Please share with your friends who might be interested.
The Page is at http://www.Facebook.com/PanGreekGod or click the image to be taken directly to the page (once you are signed into Facebook.)