Purifying the Earthly Body of God: Religion and Ecology in Hindu India / Edition 1

Purifying the Earthly Body of God: Religion and Ecology in Hindu India / Edition 1

by Lance E. Nelson
     
 

An interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between religion and environment in Hinduism.

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

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An interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between religion and environment in Hinduism.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791439241
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Series:
SUNY Series in Religious Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
5.95(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Lance E. Nelson

Part I: Theological and Textual Perspectives

1. Toward an Indigenous Indian Environmentalism

Christopher Key Chapple

2. The Ecological Implications of Karma Theory

Harold Coward

3. Attitudes to Nature in the Early Upanisads

Arvind Sharma

4. The Dualism of Nondualism:
Advaita Vedanta and the Irrelevance of Nature

Lance E. Nelson

5. Sacred Immanence: Reflections of Ecofeminism in Hindu Tantra

Rita DasGupta Sherma

6. Models and Images for a Vaisnava Environmental Theology: The Potential Contribution of Srivaisnavism

Patricia Y. Mumme

Part II: Views from the Field

7. Sin and Rain:
Moral Ecology in Rural North India

Ann Grodzins Gold

8. On the Ethics and Aesthetics of Recycling in India

Frank J. Korom

9. Learning the Story of the Land:
Reflections on the Liberating Power of Geography and Pilgrimage in the Hindu Tradition

David Kinsley

10. Theology and Ecology at the Birthplace of Krsna

Bruce M. Sullivan

11. The Earth as Goddess Bhu Devi:
Toward a Theory of "Embedded Ecologies" in Folk Hinduism

Vijaya Rettakudi Nagarajan

12. Idioms of Degeneracy: Assessing Ganga's Purity and Pollution

Kelly D. Alley

Conclusion

Lance E. Nelson

Contributors

Index

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