Our Lady of Orada

The Eco-Mythological Mountain Bloodline

Sofia Batalha
1 min readAug 3, 2023

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First, a prayer, then a libation, and later an offering.

To speak of Lady of Orada we need to dive deep into primal devotion and mineral body memory, not fearing the evanescent abyss. The heart-threads we will weave are frail and ancient, for we are venturing beyond the recent translation of this potent natural force and feral beings. The contemporary Christian adaptation, imprisoned this fractal being in a static and crystallized shape of the Virgin Mary.

Through this communal journey, we will reclaim the immanent grounding force, and geomorphic seasonal bodies of these diverse primal beings, for we are opening ancient routes toward myth, place, and ecology. Our horizon in this pilgrimage is not above but below, for we will find them in the underworld, the ancestor’s place; it is not anthropocentric or anthropomorphic, but more-than-human, geological, and ever-shape-shifting. This is a journey to remember these chimerical beings as eco-mythological living forces.

This is a living research prayer of the revelation of the deep-time threads that weave this polymorphic being.

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Sofia Batalha

Journeying 🌿 between inner and outer landscapes, remembering ancient earth practices, radical presence, active listening, ecopsychology, art and writing.