“Lately I’ve had quite a few people giving me compliments on my Green Man necklace, and I’ve found it somewhat shocking. He’s always been the deity that I’ve associated with the most, and I feel a deep connection there, but I had no idea that so many people knew about him. I know that he can be found carved into churches all over, but I figured he was only celebrated in various Pagan spiritualities. Do you know of other ways the Green Man has been popularized?”
The “Green Man” image has been around for thousands of years and has been a part of many, many religions and spiritualities. The Green Man has many names, many images, and many meanings. In most cases, he is the deity of nature, vegetation, life and rebirth. He can be found in many religions including Celtic traditions, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and obviously Paganism.
His names are many: The Green Man, Horned God, Cernunnos, Elijah, Khidr, Pan, Holly King, among other names. The Green Man has many shapes and forms in many different areas. Yes, he is depicted in Churches, cathedrals, and abbeys, and usually associated and called “Jack in the Green.”
It’s because the concept of the Green Man is in many different cultures, it’s popularity has been high pretty much ever since the renaissance. Not so much as a religious figure or representing a deity, but mostly as a decorative piece of imagery and architecture.
Every religion, culture, tradition, belief will probably have a different story and beliefs for the depiction and history of the Green Man. He’s popular because he’s practically everywhere. More or less in some cultures, and used as a deity or decoration in others. Some may see him as a Saint, others as a Pagan God. Some might recognize him from Church, others from a carving on a tombstone.
His many faces, names, and beliefs can be a good thing. Especially for those who worship him as a God. It might defer the whole witch thing to something you’re wearing because it’s decorative. Though you may not see him that much around today; mostly in Pagan and Druid practices – the Green Man is definitely ancient for many practices.