What is a Satyr?

A satyr is a mythical being part man and part goat. It is mentioned in Greek mythology. It is similar to a faun, which is part of Roman mythology. However satyrs have been depicted in different ways at different times. They have been shown on ancient Greek pottery as having different amount of goat parts: not necessarily a half man half goat appearance that we today assume. The image we tend to think of as a satyr is the same as a faun. It is a being which has the upper body of a man, the legs and tail of a goat, with the head being that of a man but with a goats ears and horns. This has become how we think of a satyr. The satyr is sometimes linked with the God Pan: a being with the same description: however Pan is a Roman God whereas Satyrs are Greek. Pan was the Roman God of wild and flocks and was also a fertility God. Satyrs are also linked to fertility. This joining of man and beast is difficult to understand today and so Satyrs may seem odder to us than to those in the past.

However in the ancient world bestiality was sometimes part of fertility rites, and the assumption that hybrids could be born this way was a common belief. Sometimes deformed children were thought of as being the product of such a union. There are many legends about Pan, Satyrs and Fauns. Pan was thought of as having a pan pipe which when blown could make women want to be with him and have lustful thoughts. He was also said to like drinking wine, and molesting or having sex with women. This may be the reason that there were very few pictures of female satyrs in the ancient world, although also down to the fact that the relevant God they represented was male. However there have been sightings of such goat men in many places: Prince Georges county USA having sightings of Goat men since the 1970's (source:collegepark.patch.com).

The very nature of the satyr and that it is so linked to Greek legend means that someone will be using the idea of it for occult purposes for certain. But the playful image that has been shown in the media is at odds with the sometimes dark image from legend. For instance the portrayal of a satyr in the film Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) is a lot less dark than most legends. The whole idea of such human animal hybrids probably seems distasteful: it probably did to those ancients too. However many ancient Gods going as far back as Egypt has animal parts: human animal hybrids. However with genetic manipulation we may one day see real goat men walking around, they may read this very article that you are now, and laugh at my point of view: or choose to see themselves are God like and above us because of their mixture of man and beast.

But if satyrs do exist then surely at the time of writing it cannot be as physical beings: there are no satyr skeleton, none have ever been found. But in and ancient world a God of flocks would have been very useful, although a God that was capable of making people insane. Most creatures in legend have a down side. But if I ever saw a satyr, I would not wait around to ask a question. No I would run from the creature. After all Pan could molest women, turn people insane and many terrible things: so I would run and hope that it does not follow. If I had a half goat neighbour next door, then that may be another question. What is a Satyr? It is a part goat, part man hybrid from legend. The true scariness of which has been lost to portrayals in films. But once was seen as a powerful and frightening entity; I for one hope it stays in legend.

When a Satyr Dances in the Forest

Written by: S Rob, an occult consultant, UK

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