Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Greenman


Wikipedia has a better description of a Green man than I could reproduce...

"Green Man is a sculpturedrawing, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. 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 decorativearchitectural 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 English 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 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 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."


The Green man in the photograph above is made by Nick on the back wall of the aviary in my yard.  I hope he represents a vegetative deity that represents the cycle of growth, if not inspring,  then at least in autumn.

3 comments:

John L said...

The green man is Terry Allen.

Jane said...

no it isn't

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