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Hinduism and Ecology

Hinduism and Ecology

The Intersection of Earth, Sky, and Water

Edited by Christopher Key Chapple and Mary Evelyn Tucker

ISBN 9780945454250

Publication date: 11/30/2000

This fourth volume in the series exploring religions and the environment investigates the role of the multifaceted Hindu tradition in the development of greater ecological awareness in India.

The twenty-two contributors ask how traditional concepts of nature in the classical texts might inspire or impede an eco-friendly attitude among modern Hindus, and they describe some grassroots approaches to environmental protection. They look to Gandhian principles of minimal consumption, self-reliance, simplicity, and sustainability. And they explore forests and sacred groves in text and tradition and review the political and religious controversies surrounding India’s sacred river systems.


  • [This] book is a major contribution to an important and expanding academic area, and it will be much appreciated by university audiences.

    —David Gosling, Times Higher Education Supplement


  • Christopher Key Chapple is Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology, Loyola Marymount University.
  • Mary Evelyn Tucker is Senior Lecturer, Yale Divinity School.

Book Details

  • 656 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Center for the Study of World Religions