The gay myth of Pan and Daphnis

Pan teaching Daphnis to play the flute, Roman copy of a Greek original circa 100 BC, Naples Museum of Archeology.

Pan (Faunus in Rome) was the half-man, half-goat god of music and nature. He lived in Arcadia and chased after women and men with his erect penis.

Not only did the half-goat Pan like sex with sheep, he also had a particular fondness for shepherds, which makes a lot of sense if you think about it.

The correlation between the goat-god Pan and our depictions of Satan with horns and hooves only dates back to the Victorian era when Neopaganism made that image popular. Earlier imaginations of Satan gave him claws, horns, and wings, not at all like playful Pan.

As the god of music Pan also gave us the panflute, or panpipes. In the image to right he is teaching Daphnis to play.

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