9780945454250

Hinduism and Ecology

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    9780945454250

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    0945454252

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-11-30
  • Publisher: Harvard Univ Ctr for the
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Summary

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 IndiaUs sacred river systems.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Lawrence E. Sullivan
Series Foreword xv
Mary Evelyn Tucker
John Grim
Introduction xxxiii
Christopher Key Chapple
The Cultural Underpinnings: Traditional Hindu Concepts of Nature
Dharmic Ecology
3(20)
O. P. Dwivedi
The Five Great Elements (Pancamahabhuta): An Ecological Perspective
23(16)
K. L. Seshagiri Rao
Nature Romanticism and Sacrifice in Rgvedic Interpretation
39(20)
Laurie L. Patton
State Responsibility for Environmental Management: Perspectives from Hindu Texts on Polity
59(42)
Mary McGee
Literary Foundations for an Ecological Aesthetic: Dharma, Ayurveda, the Arts, and Abhijnanasakuntalam
101(26)
T. S. Rukmani
Reading the Bhagavadgita from an Ecological Perspective
127(38)
Lance E. Nelson
Can Hindu Beliefs and Values Help India Meet Its Ecological Crisis?
165(18)
Anil Agarwal
Gandhian Philosophy and the Development of an Indigenous Indian Environmental Ethic
Too Deep for Deep Ecology: Gandhi and the Ecological Vision of Life
183(30)
Vinay Lal
The Inner Logic of Gandhian Ecology
213(32)
Larry D. Shinn
Forests in Classic Texts and Traditions
The Natural History of the Ramayana
245(24)
David Lee
City, Forest, and Cosmos: Ecological Perspectives from the Sanskrit Epics
269(22)
Philip Lutgendorf
``Sacred Grove'' and Ecology: Ritual and Science
291(26)
Frederique Apffel-Marglin
Pramod Parajuli
``If You Cut a Branch You Cut My Finger'': Court, Forest, and Environmental Ethics in Rajasthan
317(22)
Ann Grodzins Gold
Flowing Sacrality and Risking Profanity: The Yamuna, Ganga, and Narmada Rivers
River of Love in an Age of Pollution
339(16)
David L. Haberman
Separate Domains: Hinduism, Politics, and Environmental Pollution
355(34)
Kelly D. Alley
The Narmada: Circumambulation of a Sacred Landscape
389(12)
Chris Deegan
Sacred Rivers, Sacred Dams: Competing Visions of Social Justice and Sustainable Development along the Narmada
401(22)
William F. Fisher
Green and Red, Not Saffron: Gender and the Politics of Resistance in the Narmada Valley
423(30)
Pratyusha Basu
Jael Silliman
Can Hindu Text and Ritual Practice Help Develop Environmental Conscience?
Rituals of Embedded Ecologies: Drawing Kolams, Marrying Trees, and Generating Auspiciousness
453(16)
Vijaya Nagarajan
The Ritual Capsule of Durga Puja: An Ecological Perspective
469(30)
Madhu Khanna
Ethical and Religious Dimensions of Chipko Resistance
499(32)
George A. James
Appendix 1 531(4)
Harry Blair
Appendix 2 535(6)
David Lee
Glossary 541(8)
Select Bibliography 549(20)
Notes on Contributors 569(8)
Index 577

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