Phanes is the primeval god of procreation and the generation of new life. Phanes created life and was the god who put souls into bodies.
Phanes was usually shown with golden wings and wrapped in snake coils. Phanes was neither male nor female but hermaphroditic.
- Phanes had cosmic powers
- Phanes was invisible to everybody, including the gods
Phanes means "bright to light" or "make appear" from the Greek verb phanao or phaino.
- Phanes is sometimes called Eros (not the love god).