Also known as Wodehouse, Ooser, Wooser, Wildman, Wildman of the Woods.
- Medieval (culture)
- Humanoid (attribute)
- Forest Dweller (attribute)
- Heraldic (attribute)
- Friendly and Dangerous (behaviour)
These are a race of wild people that feature in medieval myth. They are a type of human but have leaves growing from their body and are very hairy and wield clubs. Like the Green Man they represent the crudeness of nature the antithesis of civilisation and Christianity. They are sometimes associated noble savagery and in some traditions they are seen as cannibals who abduct children. Imagery of this Wildman was used to represent the new cultures visited by explorers. They are also depicted on some coat of arms.
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