art archaeologist Christopher Tilley wrote: "Most
academics cannot under- stand landscape,
except in an abstract objectified
manner, because most of them have not been there or experienced them
except in a vicarious way, and temporal
lacking, which is precisely why most reduce landscape to
as opposed to bodily experience."
are too busy measuring, photographing, annotating; that
sacred I mean that which is transpersonal beyond rational experience,
and which carries a feeling of numinosity.
These phenomena are a
mystery connected to the source of doing science,
of experiencing "landscapes
as they are sensuously lived."
in the rain
In the 17th Century,
"Site triumphed over Place, cartography over
topography." Smooth maps replaced gritty land, and Cartesian
separation of body and mind
was ground into educated minds. Thus, scientists
are trained to
see the world
in a strict methodology Paleolithic and indigenous
people would find amusing.
could be taught to sense mountain sheep bounding
as coyotes trot through a landscape "whose existance is
the dreams of an entire people," foxed by their imagination.
would be to feel the temper of eternity.