This is actually important as it traces the centrality of the Green Man in the genesis of spiritual development of humanity. I totally did not expect this even though i had become aware of the green Man. My awareness came about because the green man presented to a sensitive i know well and both of us went in search of explanation.
Obviously all forms of spiritual investigation can lead to an introduction to the Green Man when he comes unbidden to an adept and presents as new information. That a mythology had arisen makes sound sense as well and we are surely looking at the driver behind Druidism as least.
That the whole mythos was appropriated by Christianity makes perfect sense as well. It is what the customer expected generally. After all what truly mattered were the actual teachings of Jesus, not the clothing, then and now.
This makes the Green Man far more central to human spiritual history than i ever suspected..
And do recall that just as folks do experience direct contact with Jesus, i also know that at least one person has had direct contact with the Green Man. This is all part of the architecture of our spiritual evolution.
Sculpture of Green Man at festival. (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
“Unearthed in the main room of the palace of Arad. It depicts two almost identical images of a man with a branch- or sheaf shaped head, one lying down and the other standing. It may represent the fertility god Tammuz or a similar deity, who died in summer and was resurrected in spring, Museum of Israel.” (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Egyptian deity, Osiris as Green Man. (Public Domain)
Mithra (left) in a 4th-century investiture sculpture at Taq-e Bostan in western Iran. (CC BY 2.5)
Detail, The Conversion of St. Paul. Paul and companions are knocked to the ground during the profound event. (Public Domain)