Fauns are Roman nature spirits (genii) of untamed woodlands in Roman mythology. They belong to a god named Faunus and love to dance and play the flute. They are more jovial and benign.
Fauns a goat people, usually male who have the top half of a human but with horns, and the bottom half of a goat with hooves.
Although female fauns are more prevalent in modern depictions, in original mythology the main female faun is a goddess Bona Dea.
Differences between Satyrs and Fauns
Although Romans connected their Fauns to the Greek satyrs, they are quite different creatures. Satyrs are wild and orgiastic drunken followers of Bacchus (Greek Dionysus). Also, originally Satyrs had human feet before being depicted with hooves like fauns.
In Popular Culture
- Mr. Tumnus in the Narnia Chronicles is a faun
- Fauns appear in the Fantasia Disney move
- Elora is a Faun found in the earlier Spyro video games