PHANES: THE EPITHETS
 


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EPITHETS OF PHÁNIS:

For the most part, the epithets of Phánis are names that we would ordinarily associate with other Gods, deities who we would think of as distinct from each other. With time and study, the logic behind these identifications will become quite clear and actually very beautiful. Phánis is the primeval deity of the ancient Mysteries associated with Orphism. To help familiarize yourself with this God, read the reconstructed theogony found on the site, referred to as the Rhapsodic TheogonyWhen the various definitions refer to "the theogony," this is what we are designatingnot the theogony of Hesiod. 

Ǽrohs - (Eros; Gr. Ἔρως, ΕΡΩΣ) In the theogony, Phánis is called Ǽrohs because he has love, the divine attraction to beauty which is the key to the solution of the problem of creation. Orphic fragments 74, 83, 170.

Aether - See Aithír.

Aithír - (Aether or Ether; Gr. Αἰθήρ, ΑΙΘΗΡPhánis is described in the theogony as Aithír because he is the evolution of this divine substance, the Water in its form as Aithír.

Aithír, The son of - Phánis is described in the theogony as the child of an egg wrought by Time in the Aithír. Orphic fr. 73.

Antavyís - (Antauges; Gr. Ἀνταυγής, ΑΝΤΑΥΓΗΣ. Adjective.he who reflects lightthe sparkling one, also an epithet of Ἥλιοςthe Sun. Orphic hymn 6.9.

Bromius - See Vrómios.

Chronus - See Khrónos.

Diónysos - (Dionysus; Gr. Διόνυσος, ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΣ) In the theogony, Phánis is called Diónysos because he is the Aithír which transforms the soul. He is the potential which becomes the compassion of Zefs (Ζεὺς). Diónysos is Phánis as are all the Six Kings. Diónysos is Ἠρικεπαῖος. Orphic hymn 52.6. Diónysos is Πρωτόγονος. Orphic hymn 52.6. 

Father and son of the GodsPhánis is the father of all the Gods as can be seen in the theogony, but he is also the son of the Gods, for he is Diónysos. Orphic hymn 52.6.

Ericapaeus - See Irikæpaios.

Eros - See Ǽrohs.

Ether - See Aithír.

Iraklís - (Heracles or Hercules; Gr. Ἡρακλῆς, ΗΡΑΚΛΗΣ) Orphic frag. 52, which is the Ἱερώνυμος-Ἑλλάνικος theogony, seems to say that Time (Χρόνος) not only creates the egg from which Phánis leaps forth, but that he becomes Phánis in the form of a dragon. This dragon is called Χρόνος and Ἡρακλῆς.

Irikæpaios - (Ericapaeus; Gr. Ἠρικεπαῖος, ΗΡΙΚΕΤΑΙΟΣ) In the theogony, Phánis is called Irikæpaios, often identified as DiónysosOrphic fragments 65, 81, 83, 170.  Orphic hymn 6.4. This aspect of the God is described as power.

Khrónos - (Chronus or Time; Gr. Χρόνος, ΧΡΟΝΟΣ) Orphic frag. 52, which is the Ἱερώνυμος-Ἑλλάνικος theogony, seems to say that Time (Χρόνος) not only creates the egg from which Phánis leaps forth, but that he becomes Phánis in the form of a dragon. This dragon is called Χρόνος and Ἡρακλῆς.

Metis - See Mítis.

Mítis - (Metis; Gr. Μῆτις, ΜΗΤΙΣ) In the theogony, Phánis is called Mítis and this aspect of the God is described as intellect. Orphic fragments 60, 65, 81, 83, 85, 170.

Pan - (Gr. Πᾶν, ΠΑΝ) In the theogony, Phánis is called because he is the source of all. Orph. Fr. 54.

Phaǽthohn - (Phaethon; Gr. Φαέθων, ΦΑΕΘΩΝ) In Orphic fragment 73, Phánis is called First-born (Πρωτόγονος) Phaǽthohn, son of towering Aithír.

Phánis - (Fanis or Phanes; Gr. Φάνης, ΦΑΝΗΣ) Phánis is the main name of the God and this name designates his role as father. Orphic fragments 65, 81, 83. The name itself is derived from ϕαίνω, "to bring to light, to cause to appear," therefore Phánis causes that which is unexpressed to be expressed. Πρωτόγονος is PhánisOrphic hymn 6.8.

Príapos(Priapus; Gr. Πρίαπος, ΠΡΙΑΠΟΣ. Also Πρίηπος.) In the theogony, Phánis is called Príapos because he is fertility itself. Orphic hymn 6.9.

Prohtógonos - (Protogonus; Gr. Πρωτόγονος, ΠΡΩΤΟΓΟΝΟΣ. Adjective.) first-bornfirstling. Orphic fragments 73 and 86.

Son and Father of the Gods - Phánis is the father of all the Gods as can be seen in the theogony, but he is also the son of the Gods, for he is Diónysos. Orphic hymn 52.6.

Time - See Khrónos.

Vrómios - (Bromius; Βρόμιος, ΒΡΟΜΙΟΣ) In the theogony, Phánis is called Vrómioswho is Diónysos. Orphic fr. 170. See Diónysos.  

Zefs - (Zeus; Gr. Ζεὺς, ΖΕΥΣIn the theogony, Phánis is called Zefs because they are the same essence; they are the divine Aithír; they are identical but with different functions, as are all the Six Kings. Orph. Fr. 54.

Zeus - See Zefs.


The story of the birth of the GodsOrphic Rhapsodic Theogony.
We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.

Introduction to the Thæí (the Gods): The Nature of the Gods.
How do we know there are Gods? Experiencing Gods.


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The story of the birth of the Gods: Orphic Rhapsodic Theogony.
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Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.


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