And the Cathedral in Norwich is famed for its various representations of this woodland spirit including this one...
I say woodland spirit, but who knows for there is still a great deal of mystery surrounding his origins and his meaning. Some see him as a pagan deity, akin to the Woodwose - A symbol of rebirth and fertility. A symbol equally at home within the Christian framework that is well known for borrowing from earlier ancient customs and beliefs. There is probably some truth in this, although the motif is now so ancient we can never be certain.
For that reason you can understand how pleased I was to finally get to meet the Green Man in person. After all these years of staring into those foliate covered enigmatic faces I couldn't believe my luck when I bumped into him this very morning whilst walking my dogs in nearby woods. I had so many questions I wanted to ask him - Of what life was like long ago, when man was content to hunt and gather? What was Robin Hood really like and was Maid Marion as fit as they say?
The spirit of Ancient Briton awoken once moreAlas he was a man of few words and given that he had awoken early from his long winter slumber I suppose I should not be to harsh. He did however say that his name is Keith, he really loves the Ragged Ramblers Blog and that he was really looking forward to spring and a dam good shag.
Make of that what you will.