The Green Man

Where I live I am surrounded by woods, which I love.  There are the most beautiful tall trees that actually form a canopy and if I look up there is a whole different type of existence going on up there.

At night I hear owls, there are bats fluttering at dusk, beautiful coyotes, fishers, fox, raccoons, opossums, chipmunks and countless species of birds including hawks and falcons and of course deer that seem to decorate any space they inhabit.

I’ve never heard of the Green Man until my husband and I bought this antique door knocker.  We were told by the dealer that it was the Green Man,  so naturally I looked it up.   This is from Encyclopedia Mythica by Alan Hefner:

A legendary pagan deity who roams the woodlands of the British Isles and Europe. He usually is depicted as a horned man peering out of a mask of foliage, usually the sacred oak. He is known by other names such as “Green Jack, “Jack-in-the-Green” and “Green George.” He represents spirits of trees, plants and foliage. It is believed he has rain making powers to foster livestock with lush meadows. He was frequently depicted in medieval art, including church decorations.

So I (my husband) finally put up our Green Man door knocker and hope that he looks over our little corner of the world to keep it lush and thriving.

The Green Man door knocker

Comments

  1. How amazing to find a treasure with such a special story behind it! :)

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