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The Green Man

The Green Man

Also known as Green Jack, Jack-in-the-Green, and Green George, the Green Man is usually illustrated as a horned man covered by a mask of leaves, usually of the sacred oak. He represents the spirits of trees, plants and foliage. He brings the rain to foster livestock with lush meadows. He was frequently depicted in medieval art, including church decorations. In Spring festival processions, a young man dressed in greenery or and effigy of Green George leads the way, and is sometimes dunked in the local waters to ensure enough rain for the season. The Green Man, covered head to toe in the color of the fairies, is aligned with the forest-dwelling Fae, thought by some to be the long-neglected Tuatha da Danaan. In some parts of the British Isles fairies are called Greenies or Greencoaties.

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