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

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Item Code: IDD198
Author: Ed. By. Lance E. Nelson
Publisher: D. K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2000
ISBN: 8124601550
Pages: 375
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.8" X 5.8"
Weight 640 gm
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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.


  Acknowledgements Ix
  Introduction 1
Part I: Theological and Textual Perspectives 11
1. Toward and Indigenous Indian Environmentalism: Christopher Key Chapple 13
2. The Ecological Implications of Karma Theory: Harold Coward 39
3. Attitudes to Nature in the Early Upanishads: Arvind Sharma 51
4. The Dualism of Nondualism: Advaita Vedanta and the Irrelevance of Nature: Lance E. Nelson 61
5. Sacred Immanence: Reflections of Ecofeminism in Hindu Tantra: Rita Dasgupta Sherma 89
6. Models and Images for a Vaisnava Environmental Theology: The Potential Contribution of Srivaisnavism: Patricia Y. Mumme 133
Part II: Views from the Field 163
7. Sin and Rain: Moral Ecology in Rural North India: Ann Grodzins Gold 165
8. On the Ethics and Aesthetics of Recycling in India: Frank J. Korom 197
9. Learning the Story of the Land: Reflections on the Liberating Power of Geography and Pilgrimage in the Hindu Tradition: David Kinsley 225
10. Theology and Ecology at the Birthplace of Krsna: Bruce M. Sullivan 247
11. The Earth Goddess Bhu Devi: Toward a Theory of "Embedded Ecologies" In Folk Hinduism: Vijaya Rettakudi Nagarajan 269
12. Idioms of Degeneracy: Assessing Ganga's Purity and Pollution: Kelly D. Alley 297
  Conclusion: Lance E. Nelson 331
  Contributors 345
  Index 349


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