Green Men

It seems appropriate on Saint Patrick’s Day to have a blog on the curious medieval phenomenon – especially notable in England – of the Green Man. The rather strange looking head with leaves growing out of his mouth. There are numerous theories as to what exactly the Green Man is – so don’t take one view as the last word. To me, he seems clearly pagan and pre-Christian but co-opted, as with so much imagery, in to the church. But I’ve read Christians arguing that he is an ‘allegory’ for certain Christian values – good luck convincing anybody of that.

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