Does the Green Man ever go to bed?

by Charles Stirton September. 20, 2007 5596 views

The Green Man

Wikipedia has this to say about the Green Man: A Green Man as a name for a sculpture, drawing or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves was coined by Lady Raglan in 1939 . Branches or vines may sprout from the nose, mouth, nostrils or other parts of the face, and these shoots may bear flowers or fruit. Commonly used as a decorative architectural ornament, Green Men are frequently found on carvings in churches and other buildings (both secular and ecclesiastical). “The Green Man” is also a popular name for British public houses and various interpretations of the name appear on inn signs, which sometimes show a full figure rather than just the head.

The Green Man motif has many different faces and variations. Found in many cultures around the world, the Green Man is often related to natural vegetative deities springing up in different cultures throughout the ages. Primarily it is interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, or “renaissance”, representing the cycle of growth being reborn anew each spring. Some speculate that the mythology of the Green Man developed independently in the traditions of separate ancient cultures and evolved into the wide variety of examples found throughout history.
See this for more details. []

I have a number of friends who are passionate researchers about the Green Man and who are writing books about this fascinating symbol. From time to time I take pictures for them and so became interested. For this posting I was inspired by looking at some of my old photos of the National Botanic Garden of Wales []. I found one of a bed with a grass mattress and it struck me it could be a Green Man sleeping! No other excuse needed!


Here is a promotional video of Green Man [] - said to be like Enya meets Lawrence of Arabia.


And the red man went green [] - a touching story for our times.

“If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.”
Dale Carnegie

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Silke 9 years, 8 months ago

LOL - I think, he lies there for a long long time!
He is mildewed!


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Jessi 9 years, 8 months ago

excellent post, great shot, thank you!!

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Viktorija 9 years, 8 months ago

Great photo. I'm amazed of how you find all those interest things and details you share with us. and it's always very informative.
nice use of bw effect.

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Abe Jackson 9 years, 8 months ago

never expected that...

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Kasia 9 years, 8 months ago

amazing picture!

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