Mythological Dictionary
Letter: F

Dictionary of Mythological Definitions and Terms.
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Faunus or faun or fauna or flora.
Faunus, whose name means one who shows favor, was a Roman woodland deity. He was thought to bring prosperity to farmers and shepherds and was often depicted with horns, ears, tail, and sometimes legs of goat; therefore he was associated with the Greek god Pan and also Dionysiac satyrs. A faun comes to be another name for a satyr. Faunus' consort was Fauna, a female deity like hiim in nature. Flora was another, though minor, agricultural deity, a goddess of flowers, grain, and the grape vine. When we talk of flora and fauna, we refer respectively to flowers and animals collectively.
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Furies or furious or furioso.
The Erinyes (Furies) were avenging spirits. They sprang from the severed genitals of Uranus, when drops of his blood fell to the earth. They pursued those who had unlawfully shed blood, particularly within a family. They were said to rise up to avenge the blood of the slain and pursue the murderer, driving the guilty to madness. As chthonic deities they are associated with the underworld and are charged with punishing sinners; they are usually depicted as winged goddesses with snaky locks. In English fury can refer to a fit of violent rage or a person in the grip of such a passion, especially a woman. The Latin adjective furiosus has given us our adjective furious as well as the musical term furioso, which is a direction to play a piece in a turbulent, rushing manner.
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