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Pan Born in Arcadia

Jul 09, 2009

For those of you living in places called Arcadia, this may be a helpful detail in your ministry. Pan was "born in Arcadia," and this was the place where the worship of Pan is said to have begun. So whenever you see the name Arcadia, it is possible that it was named by people who knew its connection to Pan and perhaps had secretly dedicated the location to this Greek god.

Pan (mythology), in Greek mythology, god of shepherds and flocks. He was believed to be responsible for their fertility. Born in Arcadia, Pan was depicted with human arms and a human torso but with the ears, horns, and legs of a goat. His father was the god Hermes and his mother was either Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, or the nymph Callisto. Pan was especially fond of remote mountains and caves and was believed to be responsible for the sudden, inexplicable fear, or panic, that can overtake travelers in such surroundings.

http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761555642/Pan_(mythology).html

Also, it appears that the owners of the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO are aware of the Pan connection to the nearby Black Forest.

Quick Description: The 5 Faces of Pan sit looking down on visitors to the Broadmoor Hotel. When you arrive and enter under the Valet Overhang the heads of Pan look down on you when you enter the hotel. They are located high on the wall and just under the eaves.

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM6F42_5_Faces_of_Pan_Colorado_Springs_CO


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