Water, Wood, and Wisdom: Ecological Perspectives from the Hindu Traditions
Daedalus Journal Special Issue Religion and Ecology:
Can the Climate Change?
Written by Vasudha Narayanan
From the cradle that is a baby’s first bed to the cremation pyre that is the last resting place for the body in many Hindu traditions, wood is an integral part of Hindu lives. From home hearths to religious sacraments, wood and fire are conspicuously present. Hindu weddings take place in front of a sacred fire that is considered to be an eternal witness; at death, the bodies are consigned to the fire.
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