The Goddess and the Green Man

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green-man.jpgIn the old pagan religions, everything had a soul. "In antiquity," wrote the historian Lynn White, "every tree ... every spring ... every stream ... every hill ... had its own guardian spirit."

White suggested that when Christianity supplanted paganism, "Dominion" over the earth was the order of the day. And we're living with the result. Pollution, deforestation, climate change, extinction. But there are those who believe that if religion was part of the problem, it can also be part of the solution. Freelance journalist Johnny Keogh visited several sites in Toronto where religion and ecology are coming together. On this week's show, you'll hear his documentary, Sacred Ground.

Also on the programme; writer Tim Wilson explores the myth of The Green Man - the symbol of masculinity, nature and fertility. Tim wonders where the Green Man might be found today (a hint -- he says he'll be back!).

And Mary Hynes talks with Tim Ward about his book, Savage Breast: One Man's Search for the Goddess. Tim travelled the world searching for various images of "the Goddess" -- through history, mythology, archeology - and the human heart.


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