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date: 01 October 2020

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This chapter examines the ancient practice of depicting gods in hybrid form, particularly being partly theriomorphic and partly anthropomorphic. It explains that there are numerous hybrid deities, although some of them, such as Pan, Cheiron, and Acheloos, supply copious imagery. It emphasizes that hybrid gods do not lend themselves to the identification of universal meanings and that their divine functions are as various as the significance of their physical form. This chapter argues that their links with the monstrous contribute to their personae as cult-receiving deities and discusses their enduring worship.

Keywords: hybrid gods, theriomorphic, anthropomorphic, Pan, Cheiron, Acheloos, divine functions, cult-receiving deities, worship

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