A Litany to Faunus

A litany to Faunus, written several years ago. Faunus is an Italian god of forest and meadow, of flocks and fields, of oracles and mysteries, of boundaries between worlds. He was often identified with the Greek Pan. The illustration shows the Dancing Faun, a Greek bronze sculpture recovered from the House of the Faun in Pompeii. Hellenistic Greek in style, probably dating from the second or first century bce, it is a very fine work of art. Filled with the joy of life and sensuous pleasure, the faun (or satyr, if a Greek term is preferred) dances in the light of the sun, or the light of the moon. This specific picture is from “Buried Cities” by Jennie Hall, originally published in 1922 ce. Reading that book back in the 1950’s and seeing that picture for the first time was one of the things that led me to the world of classical paganism and to the ancient gods.

A Litany to Faunus 

Hail Faunus! The kindly one.

Hail Faunus! The guardian of forest and field.

Hail Faunus! the protector of flocks and herds.

Hail Faunus! Son of Picus.

Hail Faunus! Grandson of Saturn.

Hail Faunus! The walker among the trees.

Hail Faunus! The speaker in the forest.

Hail Faunus! The one who knows the names of the Gods.

Hail Faunus! The giver of oracles.

Hail Faunus! The sender of dreams.

Hail Faunus! The finder of the hidden.

Hail Faunus! The one who grants favors.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, the kindly one.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who guards forest and field.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who protects crops and herds.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, son of Picus.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, grandson of Saturn.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who walks among the trees.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who speaks in the forest.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who knows the names of the Gods.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who gives oracles.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who sends dreams.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who finds the hidden.

Praise and thanksgiving to Faunus, who grants favors.

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Published in: on September 25, 2010 at 2:46 pm  Comments (1)  
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