the local landscape," according to Joseph Campbell, is one of the
roles of myth. Attaching primordial worth to features of the local environment
by associating with them occurrences, real or legendary, that resound
in the collective consciousness.
'That is the hill
where our forefathers planted the first grape vines, the sacred seeds
of our family's sustenance to this day.' And the heart now feels the
hill faintly throbbing with spiritual consequence.
Several years ago,
my brother threw himself in the Mississippi River---his chosen way to
die---and the brown god swallowed his life without pity, remorse or
judgment, but with the grave, constant terror of the secret cause.
the local landscape with death.