Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability

1st Edition

Pankaj Jain

Routledge
Published September 9, 2016
Reference - 228 Pages
ISBN 9781472484154 - CAT# Y259916
Series: Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies

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Summary

In Indic religious traditions, a number of rituals and myths exist in which the environment is revered. Despite this nature worship in India, its natural resources are under heavy pressure with its growing economy and exploding population. This has led several scholars to raise questions about the role religious communities can play in environmentalism. Does nature worship inspire Hindus to act in an environmentally conscious way? This book explores the above questions with three communities, the Swadhyaya movement, the Bishnoi, and the Bhil communities. Presenting the texts of Bishnois, their environmental history, and their contemporary activism; investigating the Swadhyaya movement from an ecological perspective; and exploring the Bhil communities and their Sacred Groves, this book applies a non-Western hermeneutical model to interpret the religious traditions of Indic communities. With a foreword by Roger S Gottlieb.

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