Green Man Legend and Mythology

Here are a series of articles, research and speculation on the Legend of the Green Man You have the opportunity to comment using the reply box at the bottom of this page….. Who is the Green Man? 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.  Why they were included in the construction of these buildings by the masons has perhaps been lost in the mists of time.  Some people suspect that he was a  bridge between the new beliefs of Christianity and the Pagan beliefs it replaced. Evidence for this cross-over of religions could be assumed from the siting of Christian churches at the site of pagan sacred places. 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. I am sure that the Green Man means different things to different people in this day and age.  To many he represents a figure who is an Environmental guardian “the keeper of the forests and woods”.   ………………………………………………………………..   We have just received this wonderful homage to the Green Man The Green Man by Joanne Kavanagh.   The Green Man   He runs through the forest, breathing life into all he that he can Whispering to the trees, he’s known as the Green Man Passing on his vibrant energy, to all living things, green Perhaps he’s been near, but you know not what you’ve seen Maybe the leaves have rustled spontaneously But no breeze is present, chasing in and out of tree This will be when he talks, to his woodland friends Who he wholeheartedly loves, protects and defends And tells them magical stories, that make their little leaves shiver In delight and excitement, so that they will deliver An abundance of new leaves, when Spring comes to the land The time of awakening and renewal, guided by his expert hand And if blossoms are required, on a particular tree or … Continue reading Green Man Legend and Mythology