Green Man

Symbol of virility, life cycle, and fertilization.

The Green Man is a time-honored emblem that has evolved over the years. A man’s face peering out of a dense knot of leaves or vines is the most typical representation of the emblem. The three most common forms of Green Man are the Bloodsucker Head, which has vegetation flowing out of all of its orifices, the Foliate Head, which has flora covering its head, and the Disgorging Head, which spits vegetation out of its mouth. The Green Man is a symbol of fertility and vitality. Although the Green Man was originally a pagan figure, numerous Green Man carvings may be found in churches. Faces shifted from men to animals after the Renaissance. Europe, Asia, Arabia, and India are all home to the Green Man.

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