I remember taking this photo in 2012 in the western part of Norway. I had no tripod as I was walking so I placed my camera on my camera-bag and setting the shutter-speed to 0,8 sec. just to make the water milky. As I was framing it I thought about Pan, the Greek shepherd and forest-god; in Roman mythology linked to Faunus or Silvanus. His legs, beards and horns resemble a goat's heels, and he eagerly pursues young nymphs, but also shows interest in young shepherds, as he has become an emblem of homosexuality.
He plays on a flute, like the shepherds, according to the instrument pan flute. His function as a loose natural god with satyrs in his followings gives him similarities to Dionysus (Bacchus). He can be seen as the incarnation of the pagan, and in Christianity he was linked to the devil, cf. his horn. A story at Plutarch that "the great Pan is dead" was also used in Christian anti-ethnic propaganda.
The myth of his flute, syrinx, is a classic story of transformation: he coveted the nymph Syrinx, who flees and turns into reed; the tubes produce a beautiful sound; he cuts them off and now has his flute.
The fear of nature and of nature in one's own, deserted places, the darkness of the forest, but first and foremost the "groundless" anxiety can be called "panic" or "panic fright", named after Pan. The nature-bound and the dangerous in the figure are played in J.P. Jacobsen's loving poem "An Arabesk" from approx. 1870: “Have you got lost in obscure forests? / Do you know Pan? ”. In Knut Hamsun's novel Pan, 1894, a love story is played out in the jumping northern summer; in one scene the main character imagines that Pan is sitting in a tree and looking at him and laughing: "and the whole tree shook off his silent laughter as he saw that all my thoughts ran away with me."
A completely different mood - of feast and deep movement - is over a statement by Johannes Sløk: "When I stood in Delphi, I almost thought I could see Pan between the trees."
The literary figure Peter Pan, which exists both as plays, novels, films and cartoons, is about a boy who wants to remain a child - and a "Peter Pan Syndrome" is a psychological concept for men's anxiety to become adults, mature and responsible.