Ventral Depths: Alchemical Themes and Mythic Motifs of the Great Central Valley of California
Ventral Depths, the second volume of the Animate California Series, examines recurring mythic and alchemical images brewing in the Golden State’s Great Central Valley. From the standpoint of terrapsychology, the transdisciplinary study of the lively and interactive presence of the outer world in the depths of the human psyche, landscapes harbor rich recurrences of story and folklore, image and dream that connect us to the places we call home. At over four hundred miles in length and seventy five at its maximum width, the Central Valley provides the world with fruit, vegetables, beef, clothing, petroleum, machinery, and hydroelectric energy. Its cultural and religious diversity is unmatched. When witnessed with a terrapsychological eye, it also reveals itself as a vast, sealed-in repository of tales and events, histories and psychologies, geographies and mythologies that weave together inner and outer soulscapes in patterns discernible to a sensitized ecological imagination.
World Soul Press
Walnut Creek, California
Calofornia-Human Ecology, California-History, Mythology, Terrapsychology
Environmental Education | Human Ecology | United States History
Chalquist, Craig, "Ventral Depths: Alchemical Themes and Mythic Motifs of the Great Central Valley of California" (2011). CIIS Faculty Publications. 41.