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Faunus

(fôn`əs), in Roman religion, woodland deity, protector of herds and crops. He was identified with the Greek PanPan
, in Greek religion and mythology, pastoral god of fertility. He was worshiped principally in Arcadia, and one legend states that he was the son of Hermes, another Arcadian god. Pan was supposed to make flocks fertile; when he did not, his image was flogged to stimulate him.
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. His festival was observed on Dec. 5 with dancing and merrymaking. Another festival, the LupercaliaLupercalia
, ancient Roman festival held annually on Feb. 15. The ceremony of the festival was intended to secure fertility and keep out evil. Two male youths, clad in animal skin, ran around the city slapping passersby with strips of goat skin.
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, held in February, is also generally believed to have been in honor of him. He was attended by fauns—mischievous and sportive creatures, half man and half goat, similar to satyrssatyr
, in Greek mythology, part bestial, part human creature of the forests and mountains. Satyrs were usually represented as being very hairy and having the tails and ears of a horse and often the horns and legs of a goat.
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. The female counterpart of Faunus was Bona DeaBona Dea
, in Roman religion, ancient fertility goddess worshiped only by women; also called Fauna. She was said to be the daughter, sister, or wife of Faunus. No man could be present at her annual festival in May.
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, also called Fauna.
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faunus is known from the central and eastern Aleutian Islands, from Adak Island (176.
Affirmation through catharsis turns into negation aiming at a higher level of metamorphosis as Coleman Silk meets his "Helen of Nothing", as she calls herself, Faunia (the feminine form of Faunus, Roman god of nature and fertility; the Greek parallel is Artemis).
If a son-in-law for the Latin people is sought from a foreign nation, and that is a fixed condition, and the commands of your father Faunus compel you, I indeed think that any land that exists apart from our political control is foreign, and the gods decree as much.
Autres similarites entre les lignes 1 et 2 : 1) Si Krpa est recu avec gentillesse par Samtanu, il en est de meme pour Evandre recu par Faunus.
In the last couple of years he had been unable to afford nominations to high-class horses, and the majority of his mares had been covered by horses of his own breeding who had no reputations as sires, namely Labus, Kouban and Faunus.
En el Palatino se celebraban las Lupercalia, en honor al dios Faunus, asimilado, mas tarde, al dios griego Pan por haberse escondido alli la Lupa, luego de que el pastor Faustulo le quito a Continuation.
The Duke of Urbin is the play's comic butt, duped and outwitted by his enterprising daughter Dulcimel in a court farce partly presided over and partly orchestrated by his fellow duke, Hercules of Ferrara, who has inveigled himself into the royal entourage in the shape of Faunus the parasite.
In the course of demonstrating that The Whipping of the Satyre (1601) was the work of John Weever, Arnold Davenport notes that both The Whipping and Weever's earlier publication Faunus and Melliflora (1600) "have commendatory poems by 'I.
Small companies such as Naturally Nova Scotia, Global Botanical and Faunus Herbs have proven that this goal is possible," says Vertolli, who is a director of the Central Canadian Herbal Practitioners Association.
It would also suggest that 'Two Cantos of Mutabilitie', had come into Lownes' possession because it was a work dealing with Ireland and that the Faunus episode should not be read as a 'minor narrative', but a central aspect of the work alongside the narrative of Mutability and Jove's dispute.
Faunus was originally worshiped in the countryside as a bestower of fruitfulness on fields and flocks.
Wissowa's conjecture that Silvanus is the private counterpart to public Faunus is an "elaborate and imaginative theory" (39).