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Green Man: The Archetype of Our Oneness with the Earth

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The Green movement and the women's movement have picked up on the scientific Gaia hypothesis, which suggests that the planet Earth is a single living organism. The next stage of the ecological revolution begins with the reawakening of the male counterpart of the Goddess, the Green Man, and archetype found in folklore and religious art from the earliest times, and especiall ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 7th 1990 by HarperOne (first published October 1st 1990)
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Mark Singer
Jun 02, 2010 Mark Singer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in mythology
Recommended to Mark by: no one
Shelves: mythology
A comprehensive and well written survey of The Green Man archetype.
Jan 15, 2017 Helene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of both art and mythology
Shelves: nonfiction
This book has been on my shelf, unread, for a long time. One of my 2017 resolutions is to actually read some of these books that I have long been interested in but have never picked up.

This was not what I expected but I did enjoy it. I expected more folklore, legends, and mythology and though there was enough of that to keep me happy, it was much more about the art of the Green Man, mostly in architecture through the ages.

It is well researched, written, and documented. The photographs are phenom
Mar 08, 2013 Marley rated it it was amazing
I've always been interested in The Green Man (more than the Great Goddess) and a long time ago I actually saw him. (Don't ask!)

I can't say I'm very interested in archetypes, but I do enjoy art and architectural history, so I greatly appreciate this study, which with it's focus on architecture (though it certainly discusses archetypes. The author follows the Green Man's history through Western culture right up to modern ecology. The photographs are great. I hate to sound like a juvenile reader, b
Jun 08, 2013 Bill rated it really liked it
Shelves: architecture
You've probably seen him even if you haven't noticed. This book explores the historical, artistic, architectural and spiritual history of this pre-Christian image that has stubbornly hung on with something akin to ubiquity. The "foliate head" turns up in even the most religious of settings, from Gothic cathedrals to the title pages of Martin Luther's writings. The book can veer a little toward the New Agey at times, but that hazard seems inherent in the subject matter. The profuse photography ea ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Margaret rated it liked it
A good examination of the green man, particularly in architecture. I had the chance to visit London a year ago and, even though at the time I was only marginally aware of the green man, I saw his image everywhere and became inspired by him. I had hoped the book would have more folk tales and myth associated with the green man, but it is more an examination of his image in architecture. This is fine, just not exactly what I wanted.
Frostik Dar
Mar 19, 2013 Frostik Dar rated it it was amazing
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Greenmen are everywhere...not just at Roslyn Chapel! Actually, I first noticed the gargoyles on older buildings at the U of Washington -- but then started spotting greenmen in friezes there as well. and it's been great fun shooting pictures of every green man spotted in churches.
Jan 11, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Green Man as an archetype of the knowledge of plants, divine inspiration and the unity between humanity and Nature that has been disrupted by mechanized agriculture and the industrial revolution.

Mar 30, 2008 Kris rated it really liked it
I didn't think I'd like this book, but it turned out to be very interesting. We had to study this book for our Literature class in college.
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William Anderson is a British poet and author of books on may subjects including Dante the Maker (1980), which won the International PEN Club Award "The Silver Pen."

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