Wojciech Piwowarczyk

Wojciech Piwowarczyk

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One of four Green Men in the Cathedral of Bayeux, Normandy, France (photo Claude Rayon©)

The Green Man motif is a human face comprised of, surrounded by and/or seemingly sprouting from foliage, who in Pagan culture symbolized the cycle of regrowth each spring. The Green Man is often related to natural vegetative deities.

Mesopotamian Green Man (c. 3rd - 1st Century BCE) in the ruined desert city of al-Hadr (or Hatra), Iraq

extant remains of a Mesopotamian Green Man (c. - Century BCE) in the ruined desert city of al-Hadr (or Hatra), Iraq

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Green Man in the church at Calverleigh, Devon, England (photo Rex Harris)

Green Man in the church at Calverleigh, Devon, England (photo Rex Harris). This one is unusual, because there is just one very large leaf coming from his mouth, and he is depicted facing to the side.