The Green Woman

The Green Woman, 2020 (Ink Pen)
The Green Woman, 2020 (Ink Pen)

We have real problems in the West.  One of many is that we grow up with cultural symbols which our countries tell us is our tradition, etc, etc…  It is only later as we make our way up the school ladder that we realise that the West has been all over the World, pillaging and burning not only goods and property by also cultural symbols, which then became “ours”.  Centuries later we think of them as “ours and nobody else’s!”  The irony is that now that globalisation has allowed more travelling and migration, we come across them everywhere and even realise that they started elsewhere long before The West went on their official “World Tour”.

You can find such appropriation or emulation, in politics, food, art, religion, and architecture.  One such case is the Green Man (or more occasionally Woman) which is a pagan symbol of rebirth found all over the West in decorative architecture and Christian churches.  However, this symbol has been found in the Middle East and in India and examples outside the West can be dated as far back as the 2nd Century AD.  Globalisation may have its problems but has been a levelling and humbling force.  Maybe the pros outweigh the cons…

Now, it has been noted that most symbols of birth and rebirth are represented as male, so here is my bit to address the imbalance.