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The Green man of Spring returns to the woodlands.

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Knockadrina woodlands, Knocktopher, County Kilkenny
Irish Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington

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The Cult of the Green Man

Greenman :

Of all the pagan gods, the woodland spirit variously called the Green Man or Jack-in-the-Green is one that has lived on the longest in folklore.

The Green Man is seen mainly as a symbol of spring and the rebirth of the earth after winter.Carvings of Green Men can often be seen in churches, usually in the form of faces with branches and vines sprouting from nose and mouth.

HISTORY OF THE GREEN MAN

Magic in trees

The Magic of Trees

Stukeleys DruidIn Britain, the Druids worshipped such trees as the oak and the rowan and attributed great power to them. When people touch wood to ward off misfortune, this comes from the times when guardian spirits were supposed to live in trees. Touching the tree was a mark of respect to the spirit, as well as a plea for good fortune.

Woodland Gallery

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