Hymn to Pan XIX



Hymn to Pan XIX

Muse, tell me about Pan, the dear son of Hermes, with his goat’s feet and two horns—a lover of merry noise.

Through wooded glades he wanders with dancing Nymphs who foot it on some sheer cliff’s edge, calling upon Pan, the shepherd-god, long-haired, unkempt.

He has every snowy crest and the mountain peaks and rocky crests for his domain; hither and thither he goes through the close thickets, now lured by soft streams, and now he presses on amongst towering crags and climbs up to the highest peak that overlooks the flocks.

Often he courses through the glistening high mountains, and often on the shouldered hills he speeds along slaying wild beasts, this keen-eyed god.

Only at evening, as he returns from the chase, he sounds his note, playing sweet and low on his pipes of reed; not even she could excel him in melody—that bird who in flower-laden spring pouring forth her lament utters honey-voiced song amid the leaves.

At that hour the clear-voiced Nymphs are with him and move with nimble feet, singing by some spring of dark water, while Echo wails about the mountain-top, and the god on this side or on that of the choirs, or at times sidling into the midst, plies it nimbly with his feet.

On his back he wears a spotted lynx-pelt, and he delights in high-pitched songs in a soft meadow where crocuses and sweet-smelling hyacinths bloom at random in the grass.

They sing of the blessed gods and high Olympos (Olympus) and choose to tell of such a one as luck-bringing Hermes above the rest, how he is the swift messenger of all the gods, and how he came to Arkadia (Arcadia), the land of many springs and mother of flocks, there where his sacred place is as god of Kyllene (Cyllene).

For there, though a god, he used to tend curly-fleeced sheep in the service of a mortal man, because there fell on him and waxed strong melting desire to wed the rich-tressed daughter of Dryops, and there be brought about the merry marriage.

And in the house she bare Hermes a dear son who from his birth was marvelous to look upon, with goat’s feet and two horns—a noisy, merry-laughing child.

But when the nurse saw his uncouth face and full beard, she was afraid and sprang up and fled and left the child.

Then luck-bringing Hermes received him and took him in his arms; very glad in his heart was the god.

And he went quickly to the abodes of the deathless gods, carrying the son wrapped in warm skins of mountain hares, and set him down beside Zeus and showed him to the rest of the gods.

Then all the immortals were glad in heart and Bacchie Dionysos in especial; and they called the boy Pan because he delighted all their hearts.

And so hail to you, lord! I seek your favor with a song. And now I will remember you and another song also.

(The NEW Pan page)


Pan and Modern Depictions


I really dislike many modern artistic depictions of Pan, with some exception. I generally prefer the much older ones. However, I like this one a lot —- as it showcases a divinity, a god like quality, not way too different from how I have encountered Pan.Pan is not a Disney character or some young faun with his cock out in the woodlands, he may have his cock out, but some of those other depictions are not accurate —— at least according to his ancient “mythos”.

Pan is a ravenous, insatiable phallic god, whose worshipers would celebrate him with offerings and massive drunken orgies in caves and forests. He’s a god specifically of primal/carnal male sexuality. He loves sex, the joys of the body, and wine. He’s a bringer of panic (hence the name). He is a war god. He helped win the war against the Titans, as well as the war against the Persians, for the Athens.

He’s a prophet, a very wise one at that, and he can be petitioned as such. (He taught the gift of seeing to Apollo before he took over Delphi).

He is also a musician …. creator of the panpipes which can charm every single animal, and even the trees. He has a booming voice, horns that pierce the sky, the prancing legs of a goat, hooves that cause the earths to quake, and a presence that will cause all who seek him to shiver in fear or ecstasy, whichever he chooses before him.

He can be very merry and very fatherly, a protector. He can shape-shift and take other forms, as many gods can. He loves celebrations and noise —- as noise is life.

To me, he IS the ULTIMATE divine masculine. – Sin Madison

(Art – is by Sam Weber)


The cave lake of Melissani.

An enchanting cave in Kefalonia (Western Greece), located at Karavomilo near Sami. In antiquity the lake was a place of worship for the god Pan and the nymph Melissanthi. According to story, Melissanthi drowned herself in the lake over her unrequited love of Pan. There is also a shrine dedicated to Pan, where the findings included a clay figure of Pan, a plate depicting dancing nymphs, a clay tablet depicting a procession of nymphs and a small tablet with a relief carving of a female figure. These findings are now on display at Argostoli Archaeological Museum.

(Photo credit: www.flickr.com/photos/33312896@N07/)

MIN, Egyptian Fertility god and his connection to Pan



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/)

Caesarea Philippi (GROTTO OF PAN)

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.)