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Sacred Groves and Local Gods: Religion and Environmentalism in South India

Eliza F. Kent


In recent years, India’s “sacred groves” have attracted the attention of NGOs, botanists, specialists in traditional medicine and anthropologists. As small forests or stands of trees set aside for a deity’s exclusive use, their maintenance has led to the conservation of pockets of abundant flora in areas otherwise denuded by deforestation. Based on fieldwork conducted in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu over seven years, the book not only analyses the religious and social context in which sacred groves take on meaning for the villagers who maintain them, but also explains their fascinat ... More

Keywords: sacred grove, environmentalists, religion, tamil nadu, ecology, deforestation, religious environmentalism, palayakkarar, forested shrines

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199895465
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895465.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eliza F. Kent, author
Colgate University