goat god

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Noun1.goat god - (Greek mythology) god of fields and woods and shepherds and flocks; represented as a man with goat's legs and horns and ears; identified with Roman Sylvanus or Faunus
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
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Instead they select some fanciful, often grotesque, subject or notion - in this case Pan, the mythical half man/half goat god of forests, pastures, flocks and shepherds - and then beat the living daylights out of it.
Because, let's face it, we all know the only time laughing at rural oddballs and bumpkins isn't pant-wettingly hilarious is when you peer out your tent flap while camping to find them dancing naked round a burning wicker effigy of the goat god Pan.
The sexual freedom, revelry, and drunkenness that the goat god signified in pagan culture became redefined as sins in Christianity.