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The Mythic Forest, the Green Man and the Spirit of Nature: TheRe-Emergence of the Spirit of Nature from Ancient Times . . .

Varner, Gary R.

ISBN 10: 0875864341 / ISBN 13: 9780875864341
Published by Algora (2006) New York, 2006
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Title: The Mythic Forest, the Green Man and the ...

Publisher: Algora (2006) New York

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Soft cover

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Trees and forests are rich in symbolism and have been feared or revered since man began to walk the earth. Mankind has given a recognizable face to the awesome and impalpable forces of nature in the image of the Green Man and the nature spirits that this book explores. In Part I, the author discusses the gods of nature and the folklore of trees, tracing a variety of traditions and beliefs; in Part II he presents the history of the image of the Green Man, and its use in pre-Christian and early Christian times up to today.
The ways in which different societies and different craftsmen have depicted these spirits display the wide creative range of the human imagination, but the persistence of the theme suggests that in all their many facets these spirits represent a deep, primordial sense that humans have shared since civilization began. For the very origin and message of these images have remained the same, even if somewhat altered over time.
Traditional customs from around the world, from the rites that celebrate spring and egg on the forces of fertility to folk health remedies and the use of talismans to ward off illness and other evils, show some surprising similarities and hint at the shared origins of human culture.
Even though the original significance of many customs has been lost or diluted, they still hold an appeal and many towns even today are re-introducing seasonal fairs to recreate the link between man and nature.
Varner presents examples ancient and new, from Europe and Asia, East Coast and West, and identifies in particular the different guises of the Green Man who has figured in architecture since before the advent of Christianity and still makes his appearance today, peering out from behind his leaves on California banks and New York brownstone houses.
A delightful world tour of traditions and beliefs related to trees and forests, Mythic Forest and the Green Man highlights modern-day revivals of ancient customs and identifies the Green Man motif in American architecture from Manhattan to San Francisco. The book will appeal to readers interested in folklore, mythology, urban archeology, and, of course, trees and their lore.

About the Author:

Gary R. Varner writes about folklore and ancient traditions, geology, archaeology and anthropology, sharing a fascination and respect for humankind's early and contemporary cultures. His recent books include: Essays in Contemporary Paganism (2000); Sacred Wells: A Study in the History, Meaning, and Mythology of Holy Wells & Waters (2002); Water of Life Water of Death: The Folklore and Mythology of Sacred Water (Fall 2004); and Menhirs, Dolmen and Circles of Stone: The Folklore and Magic of Sacred Stone (Algora 2005).
Varner lives in Oregon; he is a member of the Oregon Writers Colony, the American Folklore Society and the Joseph Campbell

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