Green Man: A Short History

Monday, November 03, 2014

Green Man: A Short History

  The 'Green Man' is a symbol that has been used throughout history, in religion, folklore and mythology. Yet surprisingly the name 'Green Man' itself was not actually coined until 1939, when it was used by Lady Raglan in her article “The Green Man in Church Architecture”.   chilstone-green-man                       The most widely acknowledged interpretation of the Green Man is that it stems from a Pagan nature spirit, a symbol of the relationship between man and nature.  An illustration of the strength of the earth and it's cycle of growth each spring that man then relied on so heavily. Therefore, it has been suggested by academics that this symbol has evolved from older nature deities such as the Celtic Cernunnos and the Greek Pan and Dionysus.   chilstone-greenman                         Due to the fact that the most common examples of the Green Man are stone and wood carvings in European churches, some interpret this as evidence of Pagan traditions lived alongside the Christian mainstream.    Here's is Chilstone's very own Green Man mask: chilstone-green-man-cast-stone-ornament                                 Chilstone have also crafted a 'Rustic Wall Mask Fountain', which was again inspired by the ancient icon.  These examples show just how deeply embedded this image is in our culture, as it is still used in contemporary stonemasonry and design.   chilstone-rustic-mask-fountain                         chilstone-mask-fountain                         That just about concludes our short history of the 'Green Man', stay up to date with future Chilstone blogs and news by liking our Facebook page.  

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