God of the Week: Pan
God of the Week 8/31/09: Pan
Pan was the Greek god of shepherds and flocks. He was also, somehow, the god of theatrical criticism. Not sure how that works out. Though, I guess, shepherding would be a pretty boring job. Perhaps the shepherds would gather around in the latter part of the day and chat about theater (“Hey Adrianio, seen any good plays lately?”). It was, after all, in the days before water coolers.
Because of his haunting half man half goat appearance, Pan is a favorite character in fiction (the horror story The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen is considered a horror classic and is available free from Project Gutenberg).