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The Personhood of Mountains - The Wordsmith's Forge
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The Personhood of Mountains
... is now a thing

I am intrigued by the growing trend of recognizing the personhood of important creatures, such as trees; and parts of the world, such as rivers and mountains.  If only we could do this for the redwoods and Bear Butte and so forth.  Because every biker who's ever had his ride knocked to bits after sassing that mountain already knows it's a person.  And the redwoods are almighty terraformers, so.  It's a thing.

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fayanora From: fayanora Date: July 11th, 2018 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
WTF? A mountain isn't even alive, how can it be a person? *Looks for the words "The Onion"*
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 11th, 2018 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Well ...

1) The biosphere is alive. Major formations such as mountains and rivers have their own distinctive identity within the biosphere, much as a human does. They just don't move the same way.

2) Some traditions consider everything alive. Thus, mountains and rivers can have a spirit just like a plant or an animal can.

Obviously this is not a majority opinion, but those are two of the leading perspectives within it.
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