Hinduism Volume

Religions of the World and Ecology Series

Hinduism and Ecology Volume

Mary Evelyn Tucker and Christopher Key Chapple, eds.


Table of Contents 


Preface Lawrence E. Sullivan
Series Foreword Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
Introduction Christopher Key Chapple
Chapter 1 The Cultural Underpinnings: Traditional Hindu Concepts of Nature
“Dharmic Ecology”
O. P. Dwivedi

The Five Great Elements (Pancamahabhuta): An Ecological Perspective”
K. L. Seshagiri Rao

Nature Romanticism and Sacrifice in Rgvedic Interpretation”
Laurie L. Patton

State Responsibility for Environmental Management: Perspectives from Hindu Texts on Polity”
Mary McGee

Literary Foundations for an Ecological Aesthetic: Dharma, Ayurveda, the Arts, and Abhijnanasakuntalam”
T. S. Rukmani

Reading the Bhagavadgita from an Ecological Perspective”
Lance E. Nelson

Can Hindu Beliefs and Values Help India Meet Its Ecological Crisis?”
Anil Agarwal

Chapter 2 Gandhian Philosophy and the Development of an Indigenous Indian Environmental Ethic
“Too Deep for Deep Ecology: Gandhi and the Ecological Vision of Life”
Vinay Lal

The Inner Logic of Gandhian Ecology”
Larry D. Shinn

Chapter 3 Forests in Classic Texts and Traditions
“The Natural History of the Ramayana
David Lee

City, Forest, and Cosmos: Ecological Perspectives from the Sanskrit Epics”
Philip Lutgendorf

‘Sacred Grove’ and Ecology: Ritual and Science”
Frédérique Apffel-Marglin and Pramod Parajuli

‘If You Cut a Branch You Cut My Finger’: Court, Forest, and Environmental Ethics in Rajasthan”
Ann Grodzins Gold

Chapter 4 Flowing Sacrality and Risking Profanity: The Yamuna, Ganga, and Narmada Rivers
“River of Love in an Age of Pollution”
David L. Haberman

Separate Domains: Hinduism, Politics, and Environmental Pollution”
Kelly D. Alley

The Narmada: Circumambulation of a Sacred Landscape”
Chris Deegan

Sacred Rivers, Sacred Dams: Competing Visions of Social Justice and Sustainable Development along the Narmada”
William F. Fisher

Green and Red, Not Saffron: Gender and the Politics of Resistance in the Narmada Valley”
Pratyusha Basu and Jael Silliman

Chapter 5 Can Hindu Text and Ritual Practice Help Develop Environmental Conscience?
“Rituals of Embedded Ecologies: Drawing Kolams, Marrying Trees, and Generating Auspiciousness”
Vijaya Nagarajan

The Ritual Capsule of Durga Puja: An Ecological Perspective”
Madhu Khanna

Ethical and Religious Dimensions of Chipko Resistance”
George A. James


Appendix 1

Appendix 2


Select Bibliography

Notes on Contributors


Indian edition: New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001.