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Walking with the Green Man: Father of the Forest, Spirit of Nature

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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 call ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by New Page Books
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Rachel Brune
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Christine
Mar 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Kamilah Rose
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a starter text on the Green Man this is excellent. As has been mentioned one should definitely fact check this work with additional texts.
Elizabeth Judd Taylor
Dec 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Not only was this book so badly written and researched that I didn't finish it, it annoyed me so much that I turned the computer on at 2:30am to write this review after giving up trying to read any more of it.

The final straw for me? The author's discussion of Rosslyn Chapel, in which he states that there is one, and only one, Green Man carving to be found there.* What?! The chapel is famous for the fact that it contains many Green Men; in fact, you can follow them all around the church, inside a
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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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