Faunus

Faunus fôn´əs [key], in Roman religion, woodland deity, protector of herds and crops. He was identified with the Greek Pan . His festival was observed on Dec. 5 with dancing and merrymaking. Another festival, the Lupercalia , held in February, is also generally believed to have been in honor of him. He was attended by fauns—mischievous and sportive creatures, half man and half goat, similar to satyrs . The female counterpart of Faunus was Bona Dea , also called Fauna.

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