Pan, A Phallic God

Pan, A Phallic God

Pan, A Phallic God

The phallic image of Pan is a celebration of the primal sexuality of Man in honor of his Animal self. Many ancient people had no shame around sex and considered it a vital sign of health and even of divine blessing. The recognition of humans as another kind of animal was a natural equation that placed man as a part of Nature rather than as something separate and alone.

Pan – is a phallic god. In ancient stories, Pan and satyrs alike are depicted with an erect phallus. This is actually a very accurate depiction. Pan is not a Disney character – and far from it. The water-downed version of Pan is what many have become used it, and it’s not accurate at all.

Art/statue found at www.eahaakonson.com

Statue of Pan in Painswick, Gloucestershire

Statue of Pan in Painswick, Gloucestershire

Statue of Pan in Painswick, Gloucestershire

The Cotswold village of Painswick has an interesting past. In the 18th century a nobleman named Benjamin Hyett took up residence outside the village and decided to create an annual procession dedicated to the Greek god of nature, Pan, in which a statue of the deity was carried through the village from the church to the woods. Once amid the trees, the villagers would indulge in Dionysian revelry. The tradition has since died out.