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Hinduism and Ecology

The Intersection of Earth, Sky, and Water

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$50.00 • £40.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780945454250

Publication Date: 11/30/2000


656 pages

6 x 9 inches

10 halftones, 3 line drawings, 20 tables

Center for the Study of World Religions > Religions of the World and Ecology


  • Preface [Lawrence E. Sullivan]
  • Series Foreword [Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim]
  • Introduction [Christopher Key Chapple]
  • 1. The Cultural Underpinnings: Traditional Hindu Concepts of Nature
    • Dharmic Ecology [O. P. Dwivedi]
    • The Five Great Elements (Pañcamahābhūta): An Ecological Perspective [K. L. Seshagiri Rao]
    • Nature Romanticism and Sacrifice in Rigvedic Interpretation [Laurie L. Patton]
    • State Responsibility for Environmental Management: Perspectives from Hindu Texts on Polity [Mary McGee]
    • Literary Foundations for an Ecological Aesthetic: Dharma, Ayurveda, the Arts, and Abhijñānaśākuntalam [T S. Rukmani]
    • Reading the Bhagavadgītā from an Ecological Perspective [Lance E. Nelson]
    • Can Hindu Beliefs and Values Help India Meet Its Ecological Crisis? [Anil Agarwal]
  • 2. Gandhian Philosophy and the Development of an Indigenous Indian Environmental Ethic
    • Too Deep for Deep Ecology: Gandhi and the Ecological Vision of Life [Vinay Lal]
    • The Inner Logic of Gandhian Ecology [Larry D. Shinn]
  • 3. Forests in Classic Texts and Traditions
    • The Natural History of the Rāmāyana [David Lee]
    • City, Forest, and Cosmos: Ecological Perspectives from the Sanskrit Epics [Philip Lutgendorf]
    • “Sacred Grove” and Ecology: Ritual and Science [Fréderique Apffel-Marglin and Pramod Parajuli]
    • “If You Cut a Branch You Cut My Finger”: Court, Forest, and Environmental Ethics in Rajasthan [Ann Grodzins Gold]
  • 4. Flowing Sacrality and Risking Profanity: The Yamunā, Gaʼngā, and Narmada Rivers
    • River of Love in an Age of Pollution [David L. Haberman]
    • Separate Domains: Hinduism, Politics, and Environmental Pollution [Kelly D. Alley]
    • The Narmada: Circumambulation of a Sacred Landscape [Chris Deegan]
    • Sacred Rivers, Sacred Dams: Competing Visions of Social Justice and Sustainable Development along the Narmada [William F. Fisher]
    • Green and Red, Not Saffron: Gender and the Politics of Resistance in the Narmada Valley [Pratyusha Basu and Jael Silliman]
  • 5. Can Hindu Text and Ritual Practice Help Develop Environmental Conscience?
    • Rituals of Embedded Ecologies: Drawing Kōlams, Marrying Trees, and Generating Auspiciousness [Vijaya Nagarajan]
    • The Ritual Capsule of Durgā Pūjā: An Ecological Perspective [Madhu Khanna]
    • Ethical and Religious Dimensions of Chipko Resistance [George A. James]
  • Appendix 1 [Harry Blair]
  • Appendix 2 [David Lee]
  • Glossary
  • Select Bibliography
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Index

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