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Green Man Names

Green Man Names
 



Hizir may well be one of the oldest gods of the Middle East—pre-Moslem, pre­-Christian, pre-Roman, pre-Greek — a vegetation god and a water deity. The Turkish name Hizir is transliterated from the Arabic Al-Kidr, an epithet that means, literally, ‘The Green One’ or “The Green Man.’ (Because of the flexibility of implicit vowels in Arabic, the name appears as Al-Kadr, Al-Kedr, or Al-Kidr. The Jews call him Hudr; the Persians, Kisir; and the Turks, Hizir.) His identity has become obscured by time and by that curious syncretism through which Islam has always appropriated and transmuted elements of surrounding cultures. But in certain contexts, always involving water, the god still puts forth his features sharply and unmistakably.

http://khidr.org/hizir.htm





 
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