Top 10 wine gods and goddesses

11th January, 2013 by Rupert Millar

10. Green Man

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A pub sign

Not really a god but certainly supernatural, the Green Man is a common, enigmatic, even terrifying figure in Europe, although there is speculation his myth began in the Middle of Far East.

Pre-Christian, possibly Celtic and often crossed with or mistaken for the antlered Celtic god Cernunnos by over-enthusiastic modern Wicca and neo-pagan devotees, the Green Man can found as a feature in all sorts of architecture, secular and ecclesiastical, and of course on pub signs.

He is most usually depicted as just a head either wreathed in and sometimes disgorging, foliage or vines and fruit such as berries and grapes often hang from his beard.

He is a symbol of re-birth, renewal and the coming of spring. As such he is often seen as a sign of good luck and celebration all of which deserves a feast.

 

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As a gargoyle in a church

4 Responses to “Top 10 wine gods and goddesses”

  1. Robert says:

    It seems that the ancients knew to mix alcohol consumption and sex.

  2. Wes says:

    You missed out Jesus. Turned water into wine… and told us to drink it in memory of him.

    • A learned Pagan says:

      However, he himself is not a god. Kind of has to be to make the list.

      • A learned Pagan says:

        Granted, he is a part of a (monotheistic by name only) pantheon in which he is the SON of a god. Making him by definition a demi-god. He however turned water into wine, but was never named or claimed as a deity of drink.

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