Gods in America

Pan at Columbia

What does American paganism look like to me? A lot like this… this remarkable statue of The Great God Pan was created by George Gray Barnard, sculptor and architect (he designed The Cloisters), and now resides at Columbia University in New York City.

This post inaugurates an occasional series dedicated to what I think of as “pagan arts in America” – artistic resources that I find religiously significant, whether or not they had that meaning to their creators or intended audience.

Thanks to Terri Windling for the great find!


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8 Responses to Gods in America

  1. Alex Jones says:

    When I think of USA I think of Zeus for some reason.

  2. Erik says:

    Might have something to do with the eagle? :D

    I know what you’re getting at, I think… America has a lot of Roman political DNA, if you will, and Jupiter was one of the most important gods to Rome politically… I can see it.

    Thanks for commenting!

  3. An interesting and very different representation than the priapic satyr often preferred by many modern neopagans…and a good few ancient Greeks, too! ;)

  4. Erik says:

    Even Pan has to rest sometimes! ;)

  5. Feral Boy says:

    My most favorite rendering of Pan is located in the Saint Louis Art Museum:

    How about them apples? Well, you can’t actually SEE them, but …

    Feral Boy

  6. Angelis says:

    I thought Pan was usually depicted with an erect penis… even when I zoom in on the picture… I can’t see, er, much of anything really… LOL

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