The Green Man, known as the Leshi in Eastern Europe, is an ancient pre-Christian deity found in many cultures. In early times, winters were hard and long, the forest spread wide and was often dangerous, and folk revered the Green Man, symbol of rebirth, spring, and new growth.
The Leshi is a character in Book V of the Karakesh Chronicles. He has the ability to shift his shape from the old man of the forest to a young, attractive fellow. This youthful Leshi, feeling lusty in the spring, begets a son with—well, I’ll keep that a secret until the book appears in print.
Take this link for more about the Green Man:
I find it fascinating that hundreds of years later, artists and writers are still creating works depicting the Green Man. Here are just of the few representations that appealed to me.
by sculptor Toin Adams, Birmingham, England