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The Green Man by grinagog The Green Man by grinagog
Some of my Woodcarving re-visted after 2 years....

This woodcarving was my first 3d woodcarving, worked onto a live tree!

It portrays a style frequently seen in churches and cathedrals around Europe, but a image that has been seen from other cultures around the world!
There are many different interpretations about the Green man(or woman, sometimes!) The most popular is that he/she represents a lost and diminishing doctrine about the understanding of the nature of Earth and all its bounty. That is why the majority of the images come from the period when Christanity was taking over a long standing Pagan style religion in Europe.
The images are often found hideing in receses and atop high ceilings in Christian buildings. Most of the buildings that they are found in, replaced even earlier Pagan temples of worship!
It isnt really understood why most of the images have vegetation vomiting out of orifices, noses, mouths eyes and ears. But some say it is representing the natural being that is within us all!
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pillemaster Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
underneath the horseman in bamberg is one of them [link] - probaply ~1000 years old
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NyaahNatrix Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
it looks better and better :)
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Mwsilva Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! =D
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ImaginationGoingWild Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
wow !
that's great !
I hove you didn't huret the Dryads? (I'm serious)
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JumpingSpiderChild Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
beautiful!
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wintersmagic Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi you have been featured here:[link]
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Teeyuh-x3 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
This is fantastic!
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Nebride7 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
This is brilliant!
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Wild-Indigo Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
Another beautiful carving!

:+fav::)
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grinagog Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
thank you very much Sam! :)
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