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The Green Man

By Lindsey Leffew

You may have seen his face molded from clay or chiseled in stone, or nowadays on the cover of many books about paganism or Celtic myths. His image is crafted in negative space; it springs from the foliage that represents his origins. He is known by several names to students of mythology and pagans alike, Jack-in-the-Green, Green George, and Green Jack, being just a few. He is best known, however, by the simple title: The Green Man.

The Green Man is a legendary pagan deity; long ago he roamed the woodlands of the British Isles and other parts of Europe. He represents the spirits of all things wild in nature and is believed to have the powers to make the rain fall. In various spring festivals an image of the Green Man is sometimes dunked in a river or lake to ensure that there will be enough rain to make the pastures and meadows green, and to ensure that the crops will flourish.

Read the original article at: Bella Online

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