In message "CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List." C. Brandon writes:
> My guess, and it is only a guess, is that this Robin is a
> folk tradition from a line of forest deities that includes
> Puck, Robin Goodfellow, Pan etc. and as such was a target of
> Christian purists, who felt the pursuit of such traditions
> was sinful.
Right on my man! ot really a link to Pan (too Greek) but to that ol' Green Man
vegetation deity of Celtic origins - yes..who shows up in some Templar chapels
according to M. Baigent and who Baigent thinks the Templars were busted for
worshipping by the Church..i.e. when they burned Jacques Demolay and his
companion..Char-something..at the stake. Late conjecture has it that the
"bearded-man" vestige that the Templars were busy worshipping was the Shroud of
Turin (which had some Grek name associated ith it at the time) which they
recovered from somebody in Asia Minor - of course (Mr. Finan) this postulates
some authenticity about the shroud, etc.
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