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Walking With the Green Man

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Almost since the dawn of time, the image of the Green Man�the carven enigmatic head surrounded by leaves and foliage�has both intrigued and mystified viewers and folklorists alike. Appearing in churches, taverns, and even on stately buildings, the carving seems shrouded in supernatural obscurity. Is it merely a fertility symbol, or is it something much deeper, which ca ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 13th 2007 by New Page Books (first published April 30th 2007)
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Rachel Brune
If you are looking for some serious scholarship on the history of the Green Man, this book is not for you. If you are simply looking to spend some time speculating about the myth and its incarnations, you may find some use here. However, I found that this author often stretched far afield while attempting to make his points, and conflated the specific myth once too often with general fertility myths.
From heroic archetypes such as Robin Hood to Demigods, such as Herne the Hunter, from the King of the Woods to the Jack in the Green, Walking With the Green Man examines the interconnectedness of Man and Nature throughout history.

I found this to be an absorbing book, rich in detail and study and charming with it’s gorgeous drawings of various Green Man aspects. This is a fantastic source of the mythology of the Lord of the Greenwood.
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BOB CURRAN is an educational psychologist in Coleraine University. His interests are broad-ranging but are focused especially on history and story. He has written several books, including The Field Guide to Irish Fairies, The Wolfhound Guide to the Shamrock, Creatures of Celtic Myth, The Truth about the Leprechaun.
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