The Green Man is believed to be pre-christian in
his origins, but later adopted by Gothic carvers and
placed in thousands of churches and cathedrals all over
is usually shown as a male head formed as a leaf mask,
often disgorging vegetation from his mouth.
stands for humanity's "deep kinship with the
trees and woods" and for the cycle of renewal and rebirth.
is associated with Robin of the Wood,
the Green Knight of Arthurian legend, Jack in the Green,
the May King or Summer Lord, Cernunnos
and Herne the Hunter.
old English name for the countryside is "Greenmans"
and this is a favorite name for taverns.
In London alone there are 30 pubs
called "The Green Man."
He is celebrated
today in May Day or Beltane
ceremonies all over Britain.
I believe the Green
Man is more relevant now
than ever as a champion for the fight against
the major environmental
issue that now face our fragile planet.