A prolific writer about contemporary paganism and pagan themes generally, Varner here turns his attention to The Green Man as an avatar of trees in particular and the vegetable world in general. His first section sets the stage by reviewing ideas and beliefs about the spirit of nature, sacred groves, and May Day. He draws heavily on research from the late 19th and early 20th century, some of which has been academically refuted but much of which was simply discarded as not useful to the coming industrial paradise. --booknews
About the Author
Gary R. Varner writes about folklore and ancient traditions, geology, archaeology and anthropology, sharing a fascination and respect for humankind's early and contemporary cultures. His recent books include: Essays in Contemporary Paganism (2000); Sacred Wells: A Study in the History, Meaning, and Mythology of Holy Wells & Waters (2002); Water of Life Water of Death: The Folklore and Mythology of Sacred Water (Fall 2004); and Menhirs, Dolmen and Circles of Stone: The Folklore and Magic of Sacred Stone (Algora 2005).
Varner lives in Oregon; he is a member of the Oregon Writers Colony, the American Folklore Society and the Joseph Campbell