The legend of Pan tells of a god born with goat legs and feet,
horns, and a furry human upper body.
The other gods ridiculed him
because of his appearance, and so Pan left Olympus, and went to
live in Arcadia.
There, he spent his time chasing lovely nymphs,
and playing on his pipes.
Pan (the son of Hermes and a nymph) is a god of flocks, forests and
fields, of mountain wilds, hunting, rustic music, and companion of the nymphs. He is often associated with Nature in general.
he would stamp his foot in anger, and cause a "panic" among mortals.
Pan became especially enamoured of a water nymph, or naiad, named
He pursued her, but she escaped him by fleeing to a river,
where she was changed to a stand of reeds.
Pan finally took some of
these, and fashioned the instrument known as "Pan's pipes", on which
he played to console himself.
Pan is considered to be the cause of the sudden fear that sometimes comes for no reason, especially in lonely places. That's why it's called "panic".
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