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Day: September 22, 2013

Pan and Panic

Pan and Panic

Pan and Syrinx, by Jean François de Troy One of the primary characteristics of the goat-god, Pan, is that he incites panic when he is present. The Online Etymological Dictionary, under “panic,” says Pan “is the source of mysterious sounds that caused contagious, groundless fear in herds and crowds, or in people in lonely spots.” Psychology says that panic, or fear, is one of the four primary affects in animal behavior. It is a natural instinct. We all experience it…

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