Introduction

Hi and welcome to my site.
Cheshire is full of weird and wonderful stories of the supernatural, local heores and the mysterious.
I will take you on a tour as I look deep into the Cheshire that lies underneath the wonderful countryside and find the secrets that still hide there.
What magic and long lost secrets will we find?
So, sit back and enjoy my journey. This is a land of Magic, Knights, Dragons, Wizards, Witches, Boggarts, Murder, Ghosts and Old Forgotten Knowledge.


I would love to hear your stories as well. So if you have anything you would like me to look into and find information out, please let me know.

Friday, 11 February 2011

THE GREEN MAN






Cheshire is full of magic and mystery, even today. Local legends and tales from the past still have an important role in the lives of people here. The Green Man is not just from this area but all over the world as well. His normal image is that of a male face with leaves and foliage for his hair and beard. Some show twigs coming out of his mouth. As the Green Man can appear in different images,
the three most common are these ..........................



THE FOLIATE HEAD ....... covered in green leaves as if he is peering through the leaves











THE DISGORGING HEAD .... spewing vegetation out from his mouth










THE BLOODSUCKER HEAD ... sprouts vegetation from all facial orifices











The Green Man's head appears in many churches, chapels, abbeys, cathedrals, pub names and now a days in art form, such as wooden carvings, metal work and stained glass.







Other names known for the Green Man include JACK IN THE GREEN, JOHN BARLEYCORN, THE GREEN KNIGHT, ROBIN GOODFELLOW, HERNE THE HUNTER and ROBIN HOOD (I will talk about him in another section).

The Green Man is a fertility symbol. He is the spirit of nature, rebirth and good over bad. He is closely associated with Mother Nature as the Celtic tribes (and many others) beleived that all life emerged from her. This goddess was later called BRIDGET or BRIGHIT. She later became Christianised as MARY (this name is a derivation of MARIAN and made into the form of a maid or virgin). The Green man is sometimes associated with a band of male followers called MERRYMAKING MEN, now Morris Dancers.

Can we see a pattern, two important figures, male and female, and a band of male followers. How many times have we come across this during our history wether its religous or folklore.


Please read two other sections in my blog which are also associated with the Green Man
--- Robin Hood
--- May Day

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