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)
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)
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,