Green Man A pagan deity of the woodlands, usually
represented as a horned man peering out from a mask of
foliage, usually the sacred oak. The Green Man, also
called “Green Jack,” “Jack-in-the-Green” and “Green
George,” represents the spirits of the trees, plants and
foliage. He is attributed with the powers of making rain
and fostering the livestock with lush meadows. He
appears often in medieval art, including carved church
In spring Pagan rites, Green George, as he is usually
called then, is represented by a young man clad from
head to foot in greenery, who leads the festival procession.
In some festivals, Green George, or an effigy of him,
is dunked into a river or pond in order to ensure enough
rain to make the fields and meadows green.
As the woodlands deity, the Green Man shares an association
with the forest-dwelling fairies (green is the
fairy color). In some locations in the British Isles, the fairies
are called “Greenies” and “Greencoaties.” “The Green
Children” is a myth of two fairy children, a brother and a
sister, whose skin is green, and who claim to be of a race
with green skin.
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