Meet the Monsters is a web series providing background on the mythological creatures featured in MONSTER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES.
According to Greek and Roman mythology, fauns are simple, forest-dwelling creatures with the head, arms, and torso of a human, two goat legs, and goat horns on their head. They represented forest or animal spirits, and as such, would aid or hinder humans traveling through wooded areas.
In Greek mythology, Pan is is the god of the wild, shepherds, flocks, nature, and rustic music. His appearance is like that of a faun. He is reputed to be the son of Hermes. As a rustic god, Pan was worshipped in caves and grottos. He is often shown carrying his pan flute, made from hollowed reeds of different lengths.
Unlike fauns, satyrs were originally depicted with horselike tails and ears, and served as humanoid male companions of the Greek god Dionysus. However, satyrs gained a more faun-like appearance over time from conflation with a Roman nature god named Faunus..
Fauns appear in the movies My Dinner with Andre and Pan’s Labyrinth, and the books THE MARBLE FAUN by Nathaniel Hawthorne, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA by C.S. Lewis, THE SON OF NEPTUNE by Rick Riordan, and MONSTER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES by Henry Herz.