Clarissa Johal: #FolkloreThursday - Fauns and Nature Spirits

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

#FolkloreThursday - Fauns and Nature Spirits

Photo courtesy of daniel.stark via Flickr
In Greek mythology, fauns were associated with the god Pan. Fauns were connected to nature, particularly the forest, and reputed to be quite unpredictable. Travelers were said to encounter these spirits in lonely, wild or remote places. Depending on their mood, fauns could either be helpful or a hindrance.

Some feel fauns transcend the mythological horned and goat-legged creatures. Fauns have also been equated with unseen nature spirits. Such deities are present in many cultures. They are effectively the “living soul” of a tree or place. These spirits are thought to be otherworldly, often glimpsed in a darkened wood or flash of sunlight through the forest canopy. Nature spirits are said to act as the guardians and life force of an area. They are not necessarily bound to one spot, but can venture a short distance away. Legends tell of people becoming unsettled in certain forests at night. It is said that nature spirits roam those woods, searching for unwary travelers.

Happy Spring, everyone. Enjoy that walk in the woods...

1 comment:

Heather R. Holden said...

Such a perfect post for spring! I've always enjoyed reading lore about these beings... :)