|Unknown single rose, captures the eye with its brightness|
I have been coming across lately good words which need recording... Darshan was introduced by Macfarlane, a wiki below. Macfarlane thought it a good word to use when coming on a beautiful landscape or mountain, instead of the 'wow' factor we use, to translate our sense of awe into this Hindu expression darshan coming face to face with something sacred on earth and that interaction between seeing and seen, it is sanskrit 'sight'......
Darshan is ultimately difficult to define since it is an event in consciousness—an interaction in presence between devotee and guru; or between devotee and image or sculpture, which focuses and calls out the consciousness of the devotee. In either event, a heightening of consciousness or spirituality is the intended effect.
Another word is Johar a tribal greeting from Jharkhand, India with which a friend always greets LS with in his emails, I like its soft sibilance.
Rewilding, came across this morning in George Monbiot's angry article, it means restoring the ecological system or balance, a "mass restoration' to match the terrible destructiveness we apply to the planet through capitalism.
Which turns me to the word wild now Macfarlane gives it etymology as the following, it is one of those words that tumble down through our language gathering its meaning on the way. Firstly,"Old High German, wildi and the Old Norse Willr, as well as the pre-Teutonic ghweltijos" Macfarlane says all three of these words give the impression of wilfulness, or uncontrollable events. Wildness then becomes self-willed land, whose habits and laws belong to itself, growth of trees, movement of its creatures, free descent of its streams through it rocks. Wildeor the Saxon for wild beast, or deer.
Funnily enough when I put the question of 'Sense of Place' to a forum, the answers were quite interesting, someone thought that wildness is virgin land untouched by humans. Of course this is not possible in today's world, we inhabit every corner and quite a lot of our British waste land turns by definition into wilderness.
The word landscape did not come into being till late, about the 18th century I think, The English word is not recorded as used for physical landscapes before 1725 (wikipedia) but if you consult Sweet's Anglo-Saxon reader, there is a word land-sceap, this from the 5th century, and the word 'land' appears in about 50 words, obviously an important word in an agricultural country!, and probably showing as the colonisation of Britain took place with the Anglo-Saxons naming their settlements, buildings, boundaries, territories and much else with this useful word in tow. And of course, the use of the word 'waste' land had a greater meaning than it does today, but that is another story.............
A much larger explanation of landscape and all its associations are in the following wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landscape