The belief that we can manage the Earth and improve on Nature is probably the ultimate expression of human conceit, but it has deep roots in the past and is almost universal. — Rene J. Dubos, (1901-1982), The Wooing of the Earth, 1980.
A Green Man is a sculpture, drawing, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. 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. He was frequently depicted in medieval art, including church decorations.
The God, or the Green Man, also known as The Horned God, not to be confused with the Devil or any form of such, has three divine elements: Divine Child, the Son/Lover, and the Sacrificed Savior/Lord of Death. — Kate Wood ( a journey through the Celtic world)
Do these mythical “wild men” exist? I believe so. They are part of the mythos of nature and appear at times of stress in the world. They may not be an everyday event but they exist in two worlds at separate times. They are a part of the Green Man spirit and act and react to protect the small wilderness that is left in this teeming world. — Gary R Varner
1. the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype.
2. (in Jungian psychology) a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches.
Being in nature engenders a sense of mystery about the world; a sense of awe or wonderment about the earth or particular naturescape; a sense of connectedness or oneness with the natural world; a profound feeling of transcendence (within and without); a belief in a power greater than oneself; and an appreciation of the beauty in nature. It sparks feelings of inner peace, hope, joy and empowerment; promotes physical and emotional well-being, and brings about significant changes in attitude and behavior. — Sylvie Shaw
Re-awakening the Green Man: A Myth for Our Time
The degradation of our environment is accelerating beyond the point of our being able to repair it. … As we destroy the ecosystem something in us dies as well. We then feel a loss of connection to nature, but celebrating the archetype of the Green Man can speak to us today and can remind us of what we have lost and help us to become conscious and to recover our bond with the natural world.
Two of my friends conduct outdoor and indoor nature workshops for children and sometimes I help. Last week we met and created “Greenman” art projects (abstract paintings, mixed media collages, photo montages, and self-portraits) depicting our wild, untamed inner nature spirits. We hoped the Greenman archetype would speak to the children as it did to us and it did. Their creations were fanstasy-filled and fabulous and they had a great time.
I think re-awakening of the Green Man archtype is a useful way to help children connect with the natural world? What do you think?