carry religion in the soil

Shahruzraad

Senior Member
Farsi
The text is from a play called Birdland. What "It’s like they carry religion in the soil." mean?

Have you seen the view from here? Is that Montmartre? Have you ever been
there? All cities have places like that, don’t they? It’s like they carry religion
in the soil.
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It’s an idiosyncratic metaphor, that’s all. Not a set phrase or even a standard concept. You have to just accept it as it is.
     

    Roxxxannne

    Senior Member
    American English (New England and NYC)
    I understand it to mean there's something about the place that transcends ordinary reality, as though it's sacred space. This 'aura' is in the place itself; it doesn't come from its buildings, its street scene, its residents, etc.
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Montemartre is easy to locate/recognize from a distance due to the dome of the Basilica of the Sacre Couer. Perhaps it is a reference to churches "springing up from the soil" in large cities.
     

    Roxxxannne

    Senior Member
    American English (New England and NYC)
    Montemartre is easy to locate/recognize from a distance due to the dome of the Basilica of the Sacre Couer. Perhaps it is a reference to churches "springing up from the soil" in large cities.
    I like that. And Montmartre has a very long history of being closely associated with religion.
     
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