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.