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Purifying the Earthly Body of God: Religion and Ecology in Hindu India

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Examining the relation between religion and ecological concern in Hinduism, the book covers aspects like the ecological implications of pilgrimage, worship of earth and river goddesses, and Vedanta and Tantra theologies. It discusses how traditional ideas affect contemporary Indian thought.

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ISBN 13 9788124601556
Book Language English
Binding Hardcover
Total Pages 366
Edition 1st
Release Year 2000
Publisher D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Author Lance E. Nelson
Category Philosophy  
Weight 700.00 g
Dimension 14.00 x 22.00 x 1.80


Examining the relation between religion and ecological concern in Hinduism from textual, theological, anthropological, feminist, and eco-activist approaches, this volume brings together an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars. The book covers the most relevant aspects of the Hindu tradition, searching out the ecological implications of pilgrimage and sacred geography, earth and river goddesses, the beliefs and ritual practice of villagers, caste consciousness and Vedanta, Tantra, and Goddess theologies. “The book considers, in a thoughtful and analytical way, a timely issue: how important and basic traditional ideas like asceticism, karma and rebirth, and purity’ and impurity influence contemporary Indian thinking about the environment. It has an impressive and diverse array of contributors, and there is a nice balance of theory and fieldwork. It shows well how India is ‘sacred ground (and water)’.”