From the Jacket:
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 groups of scholars. The book covers the 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, castes 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)'." - Observes ANDREW O. Fort, Texas Christian University
About the Author:
Lance E. Nelson is Assistant Professor of Theological and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego.
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