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Orphic Description of Apollo

Post  AgathonZante on Fri Jan 02, 2015 1:29 pm

Orpheus evokes Apollo, in one part of the hymn as, "Lord and Pan, the two horned God, Who sends the whistling winds."

I've never heard Apollo referred to this way, or Apollon as he spells it. What does this mean and where did it come from?
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Re: Orphic Description of Apollo

Post  Erodius on Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:53 pm

AgathonZante wrote:Orpheus evokes Apollo, in one part of the hymn as, "Lord and Pan, the two horned God, Who sends the whistling winds."

I've never heard Apollo referred to this way, or Apollon as he spells it. What does this mean and where did it come from?

This is part of Orphic kathenotheistic-emanationist theology. The Orphic Pan is not the lowly satyr of typical mythology. Here, Pan is a figure representative of the animating power of the Gods' fiery Aether woven throughout the arches of the world – his name means 'All'. Apollo is the Gods' fire and light itself, which is the power that itself animates the world. Pan and the Bacchic cortege are the reflection of this Apollonian pneuma.

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-Iulianic Hymn to Apollon-Helios, ll. 65-106

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