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The Mythic Forest The Green Man And The Spirit Of Nature

Author : Gary R. Varner
ISBN : 9780875864365
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In this world tour of folklore and ancient art, Varner examines the images we give to the spirit of nature and explores this important aspect of human perception.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Green Man

Author : Ellen Datlow
ISBN : 0142400297
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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A collection of stories and poems by a variety of authors relating to the Green Man and other myths of the forest.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Creatures In The Mist

Author : Gary R. Varner
ISBN : 9780875865454
Genre : Social Science
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Bringing together a medley of stories, myths, and folklore Gary Varner shares a fascination and respect for humankind's early and contemporary cultures and wonders at similarities across the board. Here, he focuses on "Little People" and giants, animals and were-creatures, and the odd, helpful or threatening ways imputed to our earthly companions including dogs and cats, bats and spiders, and the stories people have told each other about them since time immemorial. Gary Varner has performed a valuable service in these books. [Presenting] lore from about the world, a collector's hoard of traditions rich and strange, ... Varner shows there really are obvious and puzzling similarities between widely separated cultures. Gary Varner has pointed the way to some important cross-cultural readings in the ageless themes of stone and water. - Jeremy Harte, Curator of the Bourne Hall Museum, Surrey, England, in Northern Earth magazine, #103, 2005 Menhirs, Dolmen and Circles of Stone is an excellent guide to large-scale magical stones and stone magic. This book is a must for anyone interested in megalithic sites. Most highly recommended. -PanGaia Magazine, United States As with other books by the same author, this is a book based upon broad research into the subject, stretching across the world. What results is a fascinating weave of stories and images, descriptions of sites and associated tales, that leaves a sense of a thousand deities whispering in the air. Because it is so broad a sweep, the positive outcome is an overreaching perspective of the patterns and commonalities held between human communities - our ancestors - all around the world. The book is a sound overview and provocation toresearch more deeply ourselves, to find alternative visions, tales and interpretations, to find out more about the sacred currents, their depths and importance - both to our ancestors and to ourselves. The author's notations are comprehensive, allowing us easily to follow the clues. A valuable piece of work. -The Druid Network, England * Gary R. Varner is a lecturer and writer on folklore and early religions. He is author of several popular books comparing legends and beliefs around the world, including The Mythic Forest, the Green Man & the Spirit of Nature (Algora 2006); Menhirs, Dolmen and Circles of Stone: The Folklore and Magic of Sacred Stone (Algora 2005); and Sacred Wells: A Study in the History, Meaning, and Mythology of Holy Wells. His approach incorporates details from ancient cultures and from Native American, UK and European, Asian, South Pacific and African folklore. Varner is a member of the American Folklore Society.
Category: Social Science

Green Man

Author : William Anderson
ISBN : 0062500759
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Traces the origins and evolution of the concept of the Green Man, a symbol of renewal and oneness with nature, from prehistory to the present, in the myths, folklore, and art of cultures around the world
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Green Man

Author : Kingsley Amis
ISBN : 9781590176160
Genre : Fiction
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Maurice Allington has reached middle age and is haunted by death. As he says, “I honestly can't see why everybody who isn't a child, everybody who's theoretically old enough to have understood what death means, doesn't spend all his time thinking about it. It's a pretty arresting thought.” He also happens to own and run a country inn that is haunted. The Green Man opens as Maurice's father drops dead (had he seen something in the room?) and continues as friends and family convene for the funeral. Maurice's problems are many and increasing: How to deal with his own declining health? How to reach out to a teenage daughter who watches TV all the time? How to get his best friend's wife in the sack? How to find another drink? (And another.) And then there is always death. The Green Man is a ghost story that hits a live nerve, a very black comedy with an uncannily happy ending: in other words, Kingsley Amis at his best.
Category: Fiction

Forests Of The Vampire

Author : Charles Phillips
ISBN : UVA:X004435934
Genre : Social Science
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Impressive is the Slavs spiritual journey which began with the worship of ancient pagan gods and matured with the dawn of the Christian age.
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Gargoyles Grotesques Green Men

Author : Gary R. Varner
ISBN : 9781435711426
Genre : History
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The symbols and strange images that we find in our cemeteries, religious structures, banks and in our parks are the same symbols that have been part of the framework of the human psyche for thousands of years. While contemporary man may think that they are simply decorative manifestations of a by-gone era, they represent the fears, dreams, ideas, beliefs and struggles that humankind has endured since we began to walk upright. This book surveys many of these icons and will give a meaning for them both in the context of ancient history and folklore as well as a meaning that is suitable for our contemporary times. Illustrated with dozens of photographs, this book will be of interest to anyone interested in historic preservation, ancient symbolism, the Green Man and the universal application of imagery. Gary R. Varner has written numerous books on ancient traditions, folklore, the environment and contemporary issues. He is a member of the American Folklore Society and the Foundation for Mythological Studies.
Category: History

Gods Heroes Kings

Author : Christopher R. Fee
ISBN : 019803878X
Genre : History
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The islands of Britain have been a crossroads of gods, heroes, and kings-those of flesh as well as those of myth-for thousands of years. Successive waves of invasion brought distinctive legends, rites, and beliefs. The ancient Celts displaced earlier indigenous peoples, only to find themselves displaced in turn by the Romans, who then abandoned the islands to Germanic tribes, a people themselves nearly overcome in time by an influx of Scandinavians. With each wave of invaders came a battle for the mythic mind of the Isles as the newcomer's belief system met with the existing systems of gods, legends, and myths. In Gods, Heroes, and Kings, medievalist Christopher Fee and veteran myth scholar David Leeming unearth the layers of the British Isles' unique folkloric tradition to discover how this body of seemingly disparate tales developed. The authors find a virtual battlefield of myths in which pagan and Judeo-Christian beliefs fought for dominance, and classical, Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, and Celtic narrative threads became tangled together. The resulting body of legends became a strange but coherent hybrid, so that by the time Chaucer wrote "The Wife of Bath's Tale" in the fourteenth century, a Christian theme of redemption fought for prominence with a tripartite Celtic goddess and the Arthurian legends of Sir Gawain-itself a hybrid mythology. Without a guide, the corpus of British mythology can seem impenetrable. Taking advantage of the latest research, Fee and Leeming employ a unique comparative approach to map the origins and development of one of the richest folkloric traditions. Copiously illustrated with excerpts in translation from the original sources,Gods, Heroes, and Kings provides a fascinating and accessible new perspective on the history of British mythology.
Category: History

Menhirs Dolmen And Circles Of Stone

Author : Gary R. Varner
ISBN : 9780875863498
Genre : Social Science
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Having written books on the folklore and myth of water, Varner turns here to a second ancient element. Focusing on stone in forms ranging from megaliths to hand fetishes, he delves into folklore, early religions, and the continuation of ancient traditions into contemporary society. He also summarizes the archaeological findings on various megalithi
Category: Social Science

The Green Man

Author : John Matthews
ISBN : 1859060676
Genre : Nature
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Who is the mysterious face in the leaves? He stares down at us from pillars, doorways and roofs all over the world, but why is he there and what does he mean? Now you can discover the ancient and powerful force that lies behind the leafy mask. The Green Man plaque-and-book package introduces the fascinating history and folklore of this charismatic pagan character, and shows you how to bring his earthy influence into your life. From Robin Hood to Jack-in-the-Green, from mischievous trickster to Wildman, the many guises of the Green Man?s role as Spirit of Nature remain constant. And his connection with the earth strikes a chord in us all. Find out how to celebrate his presence, and enrich the daily rhythm of your life. Includes specially crafted, weatherproof Green Man plaque and book which offers fascinating illustrated history
Category: Nature