Beholders familiar with the ancient world might make interesting discoveries. If we take a closer look at the different depictions of fauns, we may easily find that each of them has pointed ears, similarly to those of the Greek mythological god Pan, or the satyrs, who are frequently confused by the former one because of their similarities. Pan, the Greek god of nature, and also the fauns have been famous because of their musicality; it is just enough to mention Marsyas, the satyr, who thought of his knowledge so highly that he finally challenged Apollon himself to a musical competition, but in the end he lost, so he had to pay with his life.
As the figure of fauns and satyrs are rather mixed up in the general consciousness – moreover, the word ’satyr’ is nowadays used with a different meaning –, fauns have become abstract figures famous for their mystical, voluptuous and passionate character, enchanting anyone in their environment.
The depiction of fauns is still a popular theme amongst artists, and the special ‘earmark’ of these creatures has been their pointed ears for centuries. The remark ‘even the ancient Greeks...’ is often made, and, indeed, certain researchers do not find the idea impossible that the Greeks, indeed, discovered the acoustical advantages of pointed ears.
The question whether they have drawn this conclusion empirically turns up naturally. Is it possible that some of them had been born with ears like that, and then they could take advantage of their exceptionally good ears for music?
It is a matter of common knowledge that back in the era of primitive cultures, numerous ways existed for the shaping of human body, according to their actual ideal of beauty, or other requirements. Considering the elongated neck of the Thai girls, the tormented feet of Chinese women, or the deformation of the skull widely applied in both the Inca and the Hun cultures, or the emasculation used in the Middle Ages in order to preserve soprano singing voice, it may seem quite obvious that experiments have already been made to reshape the human ears.
It is modern medical science that provides the chance to perfect these sense organs, and opens the gates of a new dimension of today's would-be fauns’ sensations. It is even possible , either, that after a few generations traditional, rounded ears are to be quaint...