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Thread #54983   Message #853905
Posted By: GUEST,Nerd
26-Dec-02 - 11:25 PM
Thread Name: Pagan thoughts on 'Santa Claus'
Subject: RE: Pagan thoughts on 'Santa Claus'
As one of "the folklorists" I can say to Guest: The Green Man IS Celtic, although he is also Germanic, Mediterranean, etc. The Green Man seems to have been around for a very long time, so that the Celts had echoes of both Green Men and Wild Men in their mythologies eg. Annwn and Hafgan in Wales, Cernunnos among the Gauls, etc. But you're quite right that the Green man is neither in origin nor in essence Celtic. It is more primeval than that.

As to Mickey Mouse, well, his name IS Mick...

Of course, Robin Hood is a funny example because the English do the exact same thing with him that Celtic fans do with other lore. Lots of people view RH as a quintessesntial Anglo-Saxon, when Robin is a thoroughly Norman name!