River of Love in an Age of Pollution

Author: David Haberman
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 052093962X
Release Date: 2006-09-10
Genre: Religion

Celebrated as an aquatic form of divinity for thousands of years, the Yamuna is one of India’s most sacred rivers. A prominent feature of north Indian culture, the Yamuna is conceptualized as a goddess flowing with liquid love—yet today it is severely polluted, the victim of fast-paced industrial development. This fascinating and beautifully written book investigates the stories, theology, and religious practices connected with this river goddess collected from texts written over several millennia, as well as from talks with pilgrims, priests, and worshippers who frequent the pilgrimage sites and temples located on her banks. David L. Haberman offers a detailed analysis of the environmental condition of the river and examines how religious practices are affected by its current pollution. He introduces Indian river environmentalism, a form of activism that is different in many ways from its western counterpart. River of Love in an Age of Pollution concludes with a consideration of the broader implications of the Yamuna’s plight and its effect on worldwide efforts to preserve our environment.

River of Love in an Age of Pollution

Author: David L. Haberman
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520247901
Release Date: 2006-09-10
Genre: History

"Very few scholars in religious studies have achieved Haberman's combination of textual and ethnographic authority. The book is groundbreaking, building on his achievements in the study of the religious traditions of Braj; he is widely regarded as a major authority on this area of Hinduism's complex regional matrix. The superior scholarship, combined with the author's personal voice, gives the book additional resonance, bringing to light an urgent environmental and moral challenge."—Paul B. Courtright, co-editor, From the Margins of Hindu Marriage: Essays in Gender, Religion, and Culture

River of Love in an Age of Pollution

Author: David L. Haberman
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520247892
Release Date: 2006
Genre: History

"Very few scholars in religious studies have achieved Haberman's combination of textual and ethnographic authority. The book is groundbreaking, building on his achievements in the study of the religious traditions of Braj; he is widely regarded as a major authority on this area of Hinduism's complex regional matrix. The superior scholarship, combined with the author's personal voice, gives the book additional resonance, bringing to light an urgent environmental and moral challenge."--Paul B. Courtright, co-editor, From the Margins of Hindu Marriage: Essays in Gender, Religion, and Culture

Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities

Author: Pankaj Jain
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317151609
Release Date: 2016-04-22
Genre: Religion

In Indic religious traditions, a number of rituals and myths exist in which the environment is revered. Despite this nature worship in India, its natural resources are under heavy pressure with its growing economy and exploding population. This has led several scholars to raise questions about the role religious communities can play in environmentalism. Does nature worship inspire Hindus to act in an environmentally conscious way? This book explores the above questions with three communities, the Swadhyaya movement, the Bishnoi, and the Bhil communities. Presenting the texts of Bishnois, their environmental history, and their contemporary activism; investigating the Swadhyaya movement from an ecological perspective; and exploring the Bhil communities and their Sacred Groves, this book applies a non-Western hermeneutical model to interpret the religious traditions of Indic communities. With a foreword by Roger S Gottlieb.

Ecology Is Permanent Economy

Author: George Alfred James
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9781438446745
Release Date: 2013-07-01
Genre: Religion

Explores the nonviolent philosophy and environmental activism of India’s Sunderlal Bahuguna. For decades, Sunderlal Bahuguna has been an environmental activist in his native India, well known for his efforts on behalf of the Himalayas and its people. In the 1970s, he was instrumental in the successful Chipko (or “hug”) movement during which local people hugged trees to prevent logging for outside concerns. He was also a leader of the long opposition to the Tehri Dam. In both conflicts, the interests of outsiders threatened the interests of local people living relatively traditional lives. George Alfred James introduces Sunderlal Bahuguna’s activism and philosophy in a work based on interviews with Bahuguna himself, his writings, and journalistic accounts. James writes that Bahuguna’s work in the Indian independence movement and his admiration for the nonviolence of Gandhi has inspired a vision and mode of activism that deserves wider attention. It is a philosophy that does not try to win the conflict, but to win the opponent’s heart.


Author: K.S. Valdiya
Publisher: Universities Press
ISBN: 8173714037
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Excavations (Archaeology)

This Book Is About The River Saraswati That Vanished More Than 2000 Years Ago. Written In Simple Language Shorn Of Technical Jargon, It Explores The Existence Of A Mighty, Snow-Fed River, Traces Its Course From The Foothills Of The Himalayas To The Shores Of The Arabian Sea And Outlines The History Of Human Settlements Along This River. It Finally Highlights The Geological Events That Overtook The Land Leading To The Disappearance Of The River That Was Once The Lifeline Of The People That Inhabited Its Floodplain. It Is Lavishly Illustrated In Both Colour And Black And White.

Seven Sacred Rivers

Author: Bill Aitken
Publisher: Penguin India
ISBN: UOM:39015029898627
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Hindu shrines

An Unorthodox Pilgrimage Along India S Rivers Flowing By Himalayan Glaciers, Dusty Mofussil Towns, Impenetrable Forests And Hundreds Of Tiny Villages, India S Sacred Rivers Harbour Legend, Foster Myth And Exert A Powerful Spiritual Attraction. Drawn By Their Irresistible Mystique, Bill Aitkin Set Out To Discover The Seven River Goddesses For Himself. Not Wholly Prepared For The Range Of Moods He Found Them In-Rivers That Boiled Over With A Furious Metallic Hum Or Were Maternal And Languorous In Their Flow, Rivers That Were Cold And Aloof Or Were Gentle And Seductive In Their Jade Loveliness-He Nevertheless Soon Succumbed To Their Blandishments. Along The Way He Also Learned To Cling To The Footboard Of A Bus, Grappled With Vedantic Unconcern, Failed To Comprehend Krishnamurti, Walked Through Tribal Villages With An Oleaginous Politician In Gold-Embroidered Slippers, Toyed With The Idea Of Becoming Sadhu, Changed His Mind When He Fell In Love, And Questioned The Myth Of Indian Spirituality& Spanning Thirty Years Of Journeying, Seven Sacred Rivers Is An Absorbing, Witty And Informative Travelogue Which Also Serves As A Survival Guide To An Undiscovered India.

Jaya Ganga

Author: Vijay Singh
Publisher: books catalog
ISBN: 8129107570
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Indic fiction (English)

Nishant, a young Indian writer living in Paris, journeys down the Ganga, from its source in the Himalayas to the sea. Haunted by the memory of a beautiful Parisienne called Jaya, he plans to write a book about his voyage. On the banks the Ganga, he chances upon Zehra& When Jaya Ganga was first released in France, it took the country by storm and it was hailed as a unique and captivating travelogue which brings the authors inner and outer worlds together. Rarely before have poetic prose and classic journalism been brought together with such effortless and readable ease.

Walking Where Jesus Walked

Author: Hillary Kaell
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814738252
Release Date: 2014-01-01
Genre: Religion

Since the 1950s, millions of American Christians have traveled to the Holy Land to visit places in Israel and the Palestinian territories associated with JesusOCOs life and death. Why do these pilgrims choose to journey halfway around the world? How do they react to what they encounter, and how do they understand the trip upon return? This book places the answers to these questions into the context of broad historical trends, analyzing how the growth of mass-market evangelical and Catholic pilgrimage relates to changes in American Christian theology and culture over the last sixty years, including shifts in Jewish-Christian relations, the growth of small group spirituality, and the development of a Christian leisure industry. Drawing on five years of research with pilgrims before, during and after their trips, a Walking Where Jesus Walked aoffers a lived religion approach that explores the tripOCOs hybrid nature for pilgrims themselves: both ordinaryOCotied to their everyday role as the familyOCOs ritual specialists, and extraordinaryOCosince they leave home in a dramatic way, often for the first time. Their experiences illuminate key tensions in contemporary US Christianity between material evidence and transcendent divinity, commoditization and religious authority, domestic relationships and global experience. Hillary Kaell crafts the first in-depth study of the cultural and religious significance of American Holy Land pilgrimage after 1948. The result sheds light on how Christian pilgrims, especially women, make sense of their experience in Israel-Palestine, offering an important complement to top-down approaches in studies of Christian Zionism and foreign policy."

People Trees

Author: David L. Haberman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199929160
Release Date: 2013-04-25
Genre: Religion

This is a book about religious conceptions of trees within the cultural world of tree worship at the tree shrines of northern India. Sacred trees have been worshipped for millennia in India and today tree worship continues there among all segments of society. In the past, tree worship was regarded by many Western anthropologists and scholars of religion as a prime example of childish animism or decadent ''popular religion.'' More recently this aspect of world religious cultures is almost completely ignored in the theoretical concerns of the day. David Haberman hopes to demonstrate that by seriously investigating the world of Indian tree worship, we can learn much about not only this prominent feature of the landscape of South Asian religion, but also something about the cultural construction of nature as well as religion overall. The title People Trees relates to the content of this book in at least six ways. First, although other sacred trees are examined, the pipal-arguably the most sacred tree in India-receives the greatest attention in this study. The Hindi word ''pipal'' is pronounced similarly to the English word ''people.''Second, the ''personhood'' of trees is a commonly accepted notion in India. Haberman was often told: ''This tree is a person just like you and me.'' Third, this is not a study of isolated trees in some remote wilderness area, but rather a study of trees in densely populated urban environments. This is a study of trees who live with people and people who live with trees. Fourth, the trees examined in this book have been planted and nurtured by people for many centuries. They seem to have benefited from human cultivation and flourished in environments managed by humans. Fifth, the book involves an examination of the human experience of trees, of the relationship between people and trees. Haberman is interested in people's sense of trees. And finally, the trees located in the neighborhood tree shrines of northern India are not controlled by a professional or elite class of priests. Common people have direct access to them and are free to worship them in their own way. They are part of the people's religion. Haberman hopes that this book will help readers expand their sense of the possible relationships that exist between humans and trees. By broadening our understanding of this relationship, he says, we may begin to think differently of the value of trees and the impact of deforestation and other human threats to trees.

Acting as a Way of Salvation

Author: David L. Haberman
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
ISBN: 812081794X
Release Date: 2001-01-01
Genre: Acting

Sixteenth-century Hindu theologian Rupa Gosvamin established a technique by which, in imitating one of the significant figures in Krsna`s dramatic world, a devotee might actually come to inhabit the world of the character whose part he or she was playing.

Journey Through the Twelve Forests

Author: David L. Haberman
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195084799
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Foreign Language Study

A lively account of the Ban Yatra, a circular pilgrimage that takes place in the northern Indian land of Braj, this anthropological chronicle offers an appealing mixture of personal anecdote, religious theory, Indian history, and tales of the gods. Based on personal experience in the field, a combination of primary sources in Sanskrit, Hindi, and Bengali - many never before translated into Western languages - and a wide range of secondary literature, Haberman places the pilgrimage in its cultural and historical context. He interweaves his account with retellings of the tales of Krishna, perhaps the most popular of Indian deities and the entity around which the journey revolves. In the process, Haberman explores the effects of the Ban-Yatra upon its participants and weighs its particular implications for current theories about pilgrimage in general. The first thorough study of this kind of cyclical Hindu pilgrimage, Journey through the Twelve Forests will interest any student ofSouth Asian culture and pilgrimage.

River of Life River of Death

Author: Victor Mallet
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198786177
Release Date: 2017-10-26

India is killing the Ganges, and the Ganges in turn is killing India. The waterway that has nourished more people than any on earth for three millennia is now so polluted with sewage and toxic waste that it has become a menace to human and animal health. Victor Mallet traces the holy river from source to mouth, and from ancient times to the present day, to find that the battle to rescue what is arguably the world's most important river is far from lost. As one Hindu sage told the author in Rishikesh on the banks of the upper Ganges (known to Hindus as the goddess Ganga): "If Ganga dies, India dies. If Ganga thrives, India thrives. The lives of 500 million people is no small thing." Drawing on four years of first-hand reporting and detailed historical and scientific research, Mallet delves into the religious, historical, and biological mysteries of the Ganges, and explains how Hindus can simultaneously revere and abuse their national river. Starting at the Himalayan glacier where the Ganges emerges pure and cold from an icy cave known as the "Cow's Mouth" and ending in the tiger-infested mangrove swamps of the Bay of Bengal, Mallet encounters everyone from the naked holy men who worship the river, to the engineers who divert its waters for irrigation, the scientists who study its bacteria, and Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist prime minister, who says he wants to save India's mother-river for posterity. Can they succeed in saving the river from catastrophe - or is it too late?