© 2014 Lynsey

The green man

Hiding in full view, of the side of St. Peters, the green man. In this instance, camouflaged in white paint. Subtle, green man, subtle.

I understand that green men and churches are a common combination (as are green men and pubs), but I just don’t really see why. There is some suggestion that they (the green men) keep evil spirits away, but if that’s true then that suggests the whole point of churches is debatable. It is, of course, but it shouldn’t be because the churches need to use pagan symbols to keep evil away.

Maybe the green man is intended to encourage us pagans to feel at home in the church. That seems unlikely too. Main stream religions are probably not that willing to welcome pagans under any circumstances.

The only reason I can come up with is that the green men are simply bait for a trap. An innocent pagan goes to the church expecting some normal ritual, and suddenly it’s something else.

Or perhaps the green man is just a private in-joke between the craftsmen – they mask their own beliefs, and defiantly conceal their green men among the ornate curlicues on the church exterior.

It was such a joy to find the green man, hidden in full view, on a building that I’ve walked past hundreds of times before today. Every day, seeing, with fresh eyes.


09. Every day learn something new.
14. Every day the ordinary can be the extraordinary.
17. Every day look through a new lens.

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