Spring 2024


In this issue of Orion, we chart a life punctuated by rituals—from childbirth to coming of age to marriage to burial—all written in the material of nature: leaves, flowers, fire, water, food, seeds, and soil. And what emerges from this study—which touches upon Buddhism, Catholicism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shintoism, Yoruba, and more—is a sense that ritual, for all its rhetoric of the supernatural, brings us into intimacy with nature. Inside:

  • Liz Tracy looks at the practice of Santeria through the lens of Beyonce’s Lemonade
  • Marie Mutsuki Mockett gets sick at Japan’s Gion Matsuri plague festival
  • Leslie Jamison takes in the view from New York City windows in her new column Viewfinder
  • Ross Gay remembers Trugoy from De La Soul in his new column Where You Heard It 
  • Deesha Philyaw writes fiction with a voice from the beyond

And much more, now printed on 100% recycled paper!

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Weight 11 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 9 × .5 in