tone: T. C. Levin and M.E. Edgerton, "The
Throat Singers of Tuva." Scientific American. September
1999. p.80. Khoomii,
a local term meaning 'thread,' is Mongolian for the singers of
Tuva who are able to produce two distinct tones simultaneously.
attracted: M. Eliade, No Souvenirs: Journal
1957-1969. San Francisco, CA., 1982. As
an hierophany is always displaced, and is certainly not hospitable,
one must struggle ironically toward the god of the place.
express: "If one explores the microscopic network of
synapses with electrodes to detach that results of electrical firing,
the majority of synapses are not expressed, that is, they show
no detectable firing activity. They have been called 'silent synapses.'" G.M.
Edelman, Bright Air, Brilliant Fire. New York, 1991. p.27.
after a mythic event, a mythic figure will come to inhabit a certain
land form. People can feel their presence lingering as they walk
along a ridge that is the twisting body of Great Snake or see a rock
that is a monster's heart. Lakota elder Lame Deer says that a long
time ago when the world was still new, a water monster named Unktehi
caused a great flood that flushed all the people from the soil. After
the flood, Unktehi turned into stone and came to live in the badlands
where her backbone forms a long ridge and her vertebrae stick out
in a neat row of red and yellow rocks. The story does not end there,
for it is not a mere explanation of why a land form looks like it
does. Rather, it is a key to why the land has the power it does.
Lame Deer goes on to say, "It scared me when I was on that ridge,
for I felt Unktehi. She was moving beneath me, wanting to topple
Cousins, "Mountains Made Alive: Native American Relationships
With Sacred Land." Cross Currents, Winter 96/97.
ruins: "Ruins in an advanced state of ruination represent,
or better they literally embody, the dissolution of meaning into
matter. By revealing what human building ultimately is up against—natural
or geological time—ruins have a way of recalling us to the
very ground of our human worlds, namely the earth, whose foundations
are so solid and so reliable that they presumably will outlast
any edifices that we build on them." R.P. Harrison, The
Dominion of the Dead. Chicago, IL., 2003. p.3.