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Nature as Non-terrestrial: Sacred Natural Landscapes and Place in Indian Vedic and Puranic Thought

Baindur, Meera (2009) Nature as Non-terrestrial: Sacred Natural Landscapes and Place in Indian Vedic and Puranic Thought. Environmental Philosophy, 6 (2). pp. 43-58.

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Abstract

A complex process of place-making by Vedic and Puranic primary narratives and localized oral secondary narratives shows how nature in India is perceived from a deeply humanized worldview. Some form of cosmic descent from other place-worlds or lokas are used to account for the sacredness of a landscape in the primary narrative called stala purana, while secondary narratives, called stala mahatmya, recount the human experience of the sacred. I suggest that sacred geography is not geography of “terrestrial” but of implaced otherworldly materials––rivers, mountains or forests. An ecological ethics based on sacred geography must therefore take into account the sacred aspects of such narratives and encourage normative values that could apply to both the sacred and the ecological for such places.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Humanities > MCPH Manipal
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email lib.mhl@manipal.edu
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2011 11:03
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2011 11:03
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/406

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