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By Richard V. Francaviglia

ISBN-10: 0874175429

ISBN-13: 9780874175424

ISBN-10: 0874175801

ISBN-13: 9780874175806

The austere panorama of the nice Basin has encouraged various responses from the folk who've moved via or settled in it. writer Richard V. Francaviglia is drawn to the relationship among setting and spirituality within the nice Basin, for right here, he says, "faith and panorama conspire to resurrect previous myths and create new ones." As a geographer, Francaviglia understands that position potential greater than actual area. Human perceptions and interpretations are what provide position its that means. In "Believing in Place," he examines the various human perceptions of and relationships with the good Basin panorama, from the region's local American teams to modern travelers and politicians, to figure out the non secular matters that experience formed our connections with this position. In doing so, he considers the construction and flood myths of a number of cultures, the impression of the Judeo-Christian culture and individualism, local American animism and shamanist traditions, the Mormon panorama, the religious dimensions of playing, the spiritual foundations of chilly warfare ideology, tales of UFOs and alien presence, and the convergence of technology and spirituality. "Believing in position" is a profound and completely enticing mirrored image at the ways in which human wishes and non secular traditions can form our perceptions of the land. That the nice Basin has encouraged one of these complicated number of responses is in part as a result of its enigmatic vastness and isolation, partially to the amazing variety of peoples who've chanced on themselves within the area. utilizing not just the fabrics of conventional geography yet folklore, anthropology, local American and Euro-American faith, modern politics, and New Age philosophies, Francaviglia has produced a desirable and well timed research of the function of human conceptions of position in that area we name the nice Basin.

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In the Great Basin, there are many caves where peoples instinctively grouped in prehistoric times. Because a cave’s temperature is far more isothermal than its surroundings (often equaling the average annual temperature of a particular geographic location), caves offer protection from temperature extremes in both winter and summer. Today these mysterious sites are festooned with petroglyphs and pictographs whose meaning may forever be lost. Of all the places we may experience, a cave is the most primordially uterine and symbolically feminine, for it draws us into Mother Earth; thus the analogy of cave and womb is deeply rooted in human prehistory and history.

5 Far to the north, the cave at Fort Rock in eastern Oregon is another Great Basin site associated with origins. Here in the high desert where the region’s character is determined by vulcanism and strong seasonal temperature extremes, Fort Rock rises like an island from the sagebrush sea, a wave cut bench at its base testifying to an ancient shoreline. Fort Rock’s porous basalt yielded perfect natural caves—places of refuge from storms. Sandals found here are among the oldest artifacts (ca. ) found in North America.

The first is allegiance or loyalty, and that suggests a kind of tenacity or adherence that makes faith so powerful—and sometimes so dangerous. It also can mean fidelity, as to keep one’s word or promises. Fidelity also implies truth, for being faithful means true to one’s beliefs or principles. Then, too, faith can mean belief and trust in, and loyalty to, God—as in the belief in a religion’s doctrines. ” Looking at the sagebrush-covered landscape of the Great Basin roll past the train window, I realize that the separation between religion and science is somewhat arbitrary, for even scientists trust in something, if only their method of inquiry (the deductive process that states a hypothesis, and proves it in steps based on reason).

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