River of Love in an Age of Pollution: The Yamuna River of Northern India / Edition 1

River of Love in an Age of Pollution: The Yamuna River of Northern India / Edition 1

by David L. Haberman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520247906

ISBN-13: 9780520247901

Pub. Date: 09/10/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

Celebrated as an aquatic form of divinity for thousands of years, the Yamuna is one of
India’s most sacred rivers. A prominent feature of north
Indian culture, the Yamuna is conceptualized as a goddess flowing with liquid love—yet today it is severely polluted, the victim of fast-paced industrial development. This fascinating and beautifully

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Celebrated as an aquatic form of divinity for thousands of years, the Yamuna is one of
India’s most sacred rivers. A prominent feature of north
Indian culture, the Yamuna is conceptualized as a goddess flowing with liquid love—yet today it is severely polluted, the victim of fast-paced industrial development. This fascinating and beautifully written book investigates the stories, theology, and religious practices connected with this river goddess collected from texts written over several millennia, as well as from talks with pilgrims, priests, and worshippers who frequent the pilgrimage sites and temples located on her banks. David L. Haberman offers a detailed analysis of the environmental condition of the river and examines how religious practices are affected by its current pollution. He introduces
Indian river environmentalism, a form of activism that is different in many ways from its western counterpart. River of Love in an Age of Pollution concludes with a consideration of the broader implications of the Yamuna’s plight and its effect on worldwide efforts to preserve our environment.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520247901
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/10/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1A river of delights, a river of troubles14
2The source : mother of life43
3River of death74
4Goddess of love95
5Signs of hope141
6A matter of balance176
App. 1Translations197
App. 2Organizations working on river issues in Northern India224

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