As I was humming “The Green Man” to myself last night I wondered this–what, if anything, do you think is the connection between the actual practice of placing sculptures of the heads of men in sacred places (the green men) and the stories of men or gods placing heads in sacred places in order to gain knowledge from them (Bran or Mimir)?
I always thought that the Green Man thing developed out of the Greek Hermai (head and genitals of Hermes, on a pillar, placed at boundaries and crossroads, rub ’em for luck, plus they help keep the boundary safe). I realize that I have no evidence for this whatsoever, and it probably is false.But ‘viridios’ sounds like a breakfast cereal. A *green* breakfast cereal.
Hmm. I’m not sure if that supports my pondering or undermines it. Because, again, there’s a head placed in a sacred space. Of course, I keep the heads of men on pikes around my house, but that’s just because Feminism requires it. I hadn’t considered that they might have some sacred purpose.Viridios does sound like a breakfast cereal (and to bring it back to Hermes), the breakfast cereal for the priapicly challenged. Eat Viridios and you won’t need Viagra!
There’s Orpheus….Do your heads on pikes foretell things for you?
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