Pan is the god most associated with the flocks and the fields and so often with the approach of spring. Pan, as well as fauns and stayrs, are often associated with a natural sexual freedom. Pan is siad to have learned masturbation from his farther, Hermes, and then taught it to the other sheperds. The half-man, half-beast characteristics of these mythological figures include a natural bisexuality as well as a coercive nature. Satyrs and fauns are often depicted in a sexual pursuit or a seduction that includes opposite sex partners, same sex partners, and animals.
A faun pursues a young intersex person for sex. Fresco uncovered at Herculaneum, buried under the 79 A.D. eruption of Vesuvius
A Satyr Chasing Two Imps, by Gustaf Adolf Tenggren
Poems by Percy Bysshe Shelley illustration by Robert Anning Bell, 1902
Satyrs are doing it for themselves
A satyr masturbating. Detail of side B of a Greek column krater showing two satyrs and a maenad in a Dionysiac scene in the National Archaeological Museum of Spain.
A Satyr, 1892, Daniel Huntington, American 1816-1906
Douris, Frolicking Satyrs, 480BCE. Red figure on psykter, ceramic. British Museum, London
Pan teaching Daphnis to play the flute.
Marble, Roman copy after an Hellenistic original. Pan's and Daphnis's heads and Daphnis's right arm are restorations. National Museum of Rome, Palazzo Altemps.
L'Après-midi d'un faune) was choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky for the Ballets Russes
The ballet ended with a scene of explicit sexuality and scandalized the Parisian audience. It also created the bisexual Nijinsky's legend as one of the greatest ballet dancers of all time.
Satyr, by Andrea Appiani
Satyr and a Woman, by Austin Osman Spare
Austin Osman Spare (1886 – 1956) was an English artist and occultist. Influenced by symbolism and art nouveau, his art was known for its clear use of line, and its depiction of monstrous and sexual imagery.
Sleeping Satyr, or the Barberini Faun, circa 220 BCE
Leaving little doubt to the sexuality of fauns and satyrs.
Basin, found in a house in Pompeii
Marsyas Teaches Olympus by Petr Vasil'evich Basin, 1821
Olympus, a son of Meon, from Mysia. Plutarch attributes to him the composition of several hymns in honor of the gods.