PAN and PANI
The Polish words – PAN and PANI – have a Roman and Greek source. The Romans carried their culture and religion wherever they went. In ancient Greece PAN was the god of Arcadia, he was the son of Hermes (Mercury). He is represented with goat’s feet, horns and shaggy hair. At Athens worship began soon after the battle of Marathon (490 B.C.) Pan reigned over fields and pasture. He guarded flocks, herds and beehives. In the Greek myth Pan is regarded as the lord and master of the land. The Polish PAN and PANI are the lord and master / mistress of their land. The definition of PAN in the Polish dictionary is -LORD, MASTER, MISTER and PANI – MISTRESS.