Pan
son of Hermes
the pastoral god
& god of panic...

The patron God of Pantheatre, with the goat feet and the two horns, was metamorphosed by Christianity into its arch-enemy, the Devil, Evil, because he personified sexuality. Herodotus reports that it was Pan's offer of help that decided the Athenian generals to "fight the most famous head-on, odds-against battle of ancient history." They won at Marathon in September 490 BC. Charles Boer, in many respects the 'Godfather' of the Festival, has written a superb article in Spring Journal #59 on the dilemma this epiphany poses to theologians and historians. (check Spring Journal). (From "The Enemy" brochure, 1997)

Panic goat-god, son of Hermes; the shepards of his native Arcadia used to whip his statues on bad years, (his half-brother Priapus would have rotten tomatoes thrown at him!). Legend has it that he died in 33 AD... Since then, many have seen him as the he-goat of witchcraft and black magic. (From the "Magic" brochure, 1995)

Pan, supposedly, made ALL the Gods and Goddesses laugh when Hermes, his daddy, brought him to Olympus. His mother fled when she first saw him - his horns, beard and goat feet.. Christianity did not laugh: he became its Evil One. A borderline divinity (aren't they all?), Pan is the singer-dancer (hence Pantheatre) - haunted by desire and imagination. (From the "On Gossip" brochure, 2000)

Bronze figure of Pan, 5th century BC. This is the figure used in Pantheatre's logo. Pan, the shepard, here with a goat's head, is watching afar, and holds a whip in his left hand.