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Belief, Bounty and Beauty

Belief, Bounty, and Beauty. Rituals around Sacred Trees in India (Brill: Leiden/Boston, 2005), 509 pp.


This study is focused on the interaction of material and symbolic values in the domain of sacred trees in India.

By presenting samples from 3,000 years of Indian ritual practice, it is shown that in many sacred geographies trees continue to connect the present with the past, the material with the symbolic, and the contemporary ecological with the traditionally sacred.


Although in India religion may have become very much a temple cult, its embeddedness in the natural world enhances today’s ‘green’ interpretation of religious traditions.


That in environmental matters such religious inspiration may be both successful and highly ambivalent at the same time is the thought-provoking position taken in the final chapters.

Hindoeïsme. Heden en verleden God as an alternative Rituals around the bodhi-tree Liefdesspel en rebellie From Cosmos to Commodity Home is Where the Mūrtis Are Rituelen na rampen Een sterke stroom