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Introduction: Sacred Groves and Local Gods: Religious Environmentalism in South India

Eliza F. Kent

in Sacred Groves and Local Gods: Religion and Environmentalism in South India

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199895465
eISBN:
9780199985678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895465.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The introduction establishes the rationale for the book, which is to explain why sacred groves exist in India in spite of numerous factors driving deforestation. It then rebuts the most influential ... More


Fierce Gods and Dense Forest: Sacred Groves near Madurai

Eliza F. Kent

in Sacred Groves and Local Gods: Religion and Environmentalism in South India

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199895465
eISBN:
9780199985678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895465.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The chapter begins with a brief discussion of the sacralization of undisturbed nature in the American cultural imagination, which was initiated by figures like John Muir who revered the redemptive ... More


Sacred Groves and Local Gods: Religion and Environmentalism in South India

Eliza F. Kent

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199895465
eISBN:
9780199985678
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895465.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

In recent years, India’s “sacred groves” have attracted the attention of NGOs, botanists, specialists in traditional medicine and anthropologists. As small forests or stands of trees set aside for a ... More


The Whiskered God of Filth

Rob Dunn

in Wildness: Relations of People and Place

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226444666
eISBN:
9780226444970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226444970.003.0020
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

This chapter highlights cultural systems in Ghana in which beliefs about animal gods have led to the preservation of certain areas of forest habitat. These sacred groves, scattered across West ... More


Discrepant Ecologies in a North Indian Qasba: Protected Trees, Degraded River

Ann Grodzins Gold

in Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9789888390595
eISBN:
9789888390281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888390595.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

Ethnographic fieldwork in the municipality of Jahazpur, a market town and sub-district headquarters in North India, reveals contrasting roles of religiosity and identity in environmental protection. ... More


Sacred Nature: Places of Worship

Harini Nagendra

in Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199465927
eISBN:
9780199087105
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465927.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment, Urban and Rural Studies

Sacred spaces in Bengaluru form resilient locations for the conservation of urban nature, where nature not only survives but thrives. Massive heritage trees from keystone species such as the peepal ... More


Afterword

Eliza F. Kent

in Sacred Groves and Local Gods: Religion and Environmentalism in South India

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199895465
eISBN:
9780199985678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895465.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The afterword reflects on the contributions this study makes to our understanding of the religious dynamics surrounding Tamil sacred groves and of human-ecosystem interactions. Critiquing previous ... More


The Golden Age of That First Great Revelation

Steven C. Harper

in First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780199329472
eISBN:
9780190063092
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199329472.003.0020
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Joseph F. Smith’s efforts to raise the profile of the first vision worked. In their wake, young Latter-day Saints needed only to evoke the vision to make several rhetorical points: that God was ... More


The Joseph (F.) Smith Story

Steven C. Harper

in First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780199329472
eISBN:
9780190063092
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199329472.003.0019
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Following the death of Lorenzo Snow in 1901, Joseph F. Smith was next in the line of prophetic successors. Joseph F. became the prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day ... More


Modern Hindu Dharma and Environmentalism

Pankaj Jain

in The Oxford History of Hinduism: Modern Hinduism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780198790839
eISBN:
9780191833281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198790839.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, Religious Studies

This chapter explores some important examples of modern Hindu environmentalism. Hinduism contains numerous references to the worship of the divine in nature in its Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Sutras, ... More


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