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Explore Green Men

“Explore Green Men” by Dr Mercia MacDermott,

Green men with foliage sprouting from their mouths can be found in many old churches and cathedrals. The oldest are to be found in Romanesque churches of Britain and Europe with ever more grotesque forms seen in Gothic architecture. Even up to Victorian times, architects still used the motif on public buildings. So who is the Green Man.

Dr MacDermott’s book surveys the depth and breadth of Green Man carvings and questions the assumption that he is a Pagan god of the wildwood. If he was a survivor from Pagan Britain, would he not be represented in “Celtic”, Roman or Saxon art? Why is he absent from Britain until the 12th century?

Read the original article at: The Megalithic Portal

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