Glossary

Select initial letter

Pan

Pan, the god of the fields and forests, symbolises lust and the savagery in Man. He is usually represented with some of the attributes of the goat.

He played pipes of reed - an instrument named after him - and by his music charmed the nymphs. Emboldened by their praise, he challenged Apollo to a contest. Apollo was considered lord of music and was judged the victor by all except Midas, whose ears were transformed into those of an ass because his judgement of what he heard was that of an ass.
 
  • Share