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People Trees: Worship of Trees in Northern India

David L. Haberman


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 worshiped for millennia in India, and today tree worship continues there with abundance among all segments of society. In the past, tree worship was frequently regarded by many Western anthropologists and scholars of religion as a prime example of childish animism or primitive religion, while more recently this aspect of world religious cultures is almost completely ignored in the theoretical concerns of the day. Striving to avoid both of t ... More

Keywords: animism, anthropomorphism, banyan, cultural construction of nature, environmental ethics, India, neem, personhood, pipal, sacred trees, tree worship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199929177
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929177.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David L. Haberman, author
Indiana University Bloomington