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

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Purifying
the Earthly Body
of God

Religion and Ecology
in Hindu India

Edited by
Lance E. Nelson

State University of New York Press

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Notes 8
  • References 9
  • Part I - Theological and Textual Perspectives 11
  • 1 - Toward an Indigenous Indian Environmentalism 13
  • References 34
  • 2 - The Ecological Implications of Karma Theory 39
  • Notes 46
  • References 48
  • 3 - Attitudes to Nature in the Early Upaniṣads 51
  • Notes 59
  • References 60
  • 4 - The Dualism of Nondualism: Advaita Vedānta and the Irrelevance of Nature 61
  • Notes 81
  • References 85
  • 5 - Sacred Immanence: Reflections of Ecofeminism in Hindu Tantra 89
  • Notes 127
  • References 129
  • 6 - Models and Images for a Vaiṣṇava Environmental Theology: the Potential Contribution of Śrīvaiṣṇavism 133
  • Notes 157
  • References 160
  • Part II - Views from the Field 163
  • 7 - Sin and Rain: Moral Ecology in Rural North India 165
  • Notes 188
  • References 192
  • 8 - On the Ethics and Aesthetics of Recycling in India 197
  • Notes 215
  • References 219
  • 9 - Learning the Story of the Land: Reflections on the Liberating Power of Geography and Pilgrimage in the Hindu Tradition 225
  • Notes 244
  • References 245
  • 10 - Theology and Ecology at the Birthplace of Kṛṣṇa 247
  • Notes 262
  • References 265
  • 11 - The Earth as Goddess Bhū Devī: toward a Theory of "Embedded Ecologies" in Folk Hinduism 269
  • Notes 287
  • References 293
  • 12 - Idioms of Degeneracy: Assessing Gaṅgā's Purity and Pollution 297
  • Notes 324
  • References 327
  • Conclusion 331
  • Notes 344
  • Contributors 345
  • Index 349
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