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Article: The Legend of the Green Man

The Legend of the Green Man


For many modern pagans, the Green Man is used as a symbol of seasonal renewal and ecological awareness. In Wicca, the Green Man has often been used as a representation of the Horned God, a syncretic deity that incorporates aspects of, among others, the Celtic Cernunnos and the Greek Pan.

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The Green Man is found in many forms throughout history. He is to be found in many different guises, but the common feature is the face covered by foliage, very often sprouting from their mouths. He is often found carved in wood or stone in medieval churches and cathedrals.

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One theory as to the first origin of the green man is that he is a pre-Christian symbol that was associated with nature and fertility. The Green Man may have been worshipped by people who believed in animism, the belief that everything in nature has a spirit. In this context, the Green Man would have represented the spirit of the forest or the natural world.

The Green Man has been depicted in art and literature for centuries, and his significance has evolved over time. In some cultures, the Green Man is associated with fertility and the renewal of life. In others, he is seen as a symbol of rebirth and resurrection.

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The term "Green Man" is modern in nature, dating back to 1939 when Lady Raglan published an article in the "Folklore" journal. He has appeared as "Jack in the Green and there has been a revival of these appearances around the date of Beltane or May Day every spring, marking re-birth and the start of the cycle of growth.  

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