Revealing the Green Man is designed to impart a practical revelation of a deep and ancient mystery through actual archaeological and historic case studies which point to personal intellectual and spiritual enlightenment affecting everyone alive today. The book is not just a lazy stroll through entertaining stories of some lost mystery cult, but a resurrection of a long and ancient religion as old as time itself which is now challenging us to care for our environment here in the modern world. The Green Man proves himself to be a great deal more than a cute chubby face peering at us through a veil of leaves, rather he could be said to be a true representation of the very essence of life itself.
About the AuthorMark Olly is a writer, TV presenter, public speaker, lecturer, and archaeologist with over 30 years' experience working in history, media, and the arts. He lives in Cheshire, UK.
A few years ago, I bought a haunting image of the Green Man peering out through a veil of leaves. I asked the artist what the image was, and she scrambled for an explanation, but ended up shrugging and admitting she felt like painting it. The idea came to her.
Author Mark Olly in his book, Revealing the Green Man, does much more than that. As a historian and archaeologist, he explains how the Green Man is rooted in ancient history. We can find his image peering out at us from primitive paintings to grandiose cathedrals. Olly offers more than a timeline, which more researchers could do, he makes the Green Man, a living presence that interacts with the reader.
He also explains how the reader can create an ongoing dialogue with the Green Man by the use and treatment of the environment. Revealing the Green Man was an informative and entertaining book. It was an easy and insightful read.
I was given an advanced copy of the book for honest review.