Consciousness & Spirituality, Story-Telling & Narrative
Myth, Mycelium, and Messiahs: Vegetal Gods of the Mediterranean
Myth & Mycelium: An Online Course Talk with Sophie Strand
This is the opening session to advaya’s course with Sophie Strand: Myth & Mycelium.
Jesus, as a dying and resurrecting god associated with fermentation, comes at the end of a long tradition of vegetal gods in the Middle East. How does Jesus inherit and interrupt this mythic ecosystem? We can view the stories of Osiris, Tammuz, Orpheus, and Dionysus as above ground mushrooms of a shared underground mycelium that predates the ills of patriarchy and domination. How does this mythic earth-based legacy inform the social and ecological context of Jesus?
Myth & Mycelium: An Online Course
Sophie Strand #
Sophie is a writer based in the Hudson Valley who focuses on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, & ecology. But it would probably be more authentic to call her a neo-troubadour animist with a propensity to spin yarns that inevitably turn into love stories. Her first book of essays The Flowering Wand: Lunar Kings, Lichenized Lovers, Transpecies Magicians, and Rhizomatic Harpists Heal the Masculine is forthcoming in 2022. She is currently researching a mythopoetic exploration of ecology and queerness in the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde.