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Faun
Faun
Naming
Others Fawn
Binomen N/A
Original φαῦνος
Romanization phaunos
Morphology
Body type Capri-centaurian
Average height Human height or shorter
Intelligence
Sentience Sentient
Sapience Sapient
Aggressivity Low (usually)
Ecology
Place of origin Europe
Habitat Forests
Diet Herbivorous (usually)
Locomotion Bipedal
Related species Glaistigs, Satyrs
Behind the Scenes
Universe Real

Fauns (sometimes spelled Fawn in English) are a species of forest humanoids featured in Greek and Roman mythology. They're characterized as having the body of a human being with goat-like or deer-like legs and tail, as well as long ears and horns. Traditionally, they're mostly benevolent nature spirits, associated with the god Faunus (himself often conflated with Pan) and his female counterpart Fauna.

Similar creatures

The Satyrs from Greek myth were originally a distinct race, completely separated from Fauns. For centuries now, however, artists have been representing Satyrs with goat legs and other features which make them more Faun-like, to the point that nowadays, the two are practically indistinguishable and often used interchangeably.

The Glaistigs from Scottish myth are female spirits typically portrayed as women with goat legs, very similar to Fauns. They may be good or evil, depending on each story.

Works featuring Fauns

Literature

  • L'après-midi d'un faune, by Stéphane Mallarmé.
  • The Circus of Dr. Lao, by Charles G. Finney

TV Series

  • Face Off
    • Season 5 ep. "Going for Gold"
    • Season 6 ep. "In the Shadows"
    • Season 7 ep. "Teacher's Pets"
    • Season 11 ep. "Odd Couples"
  • Sofia the First, ep. "Winter's Gift".

See also

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