Celebrated as an aquatic form of divinity for thousands of years, the Yamuna is one of
India’s most sacred rivers. A prominent feature of north
Indian culture, the Yamuna is conceptualized as a goddess flowing with liquid loveyet today it is severely polluted, the victim of fast-paced industrial development. This fascinating and beautifully written book investigates the stories, theology, and religious practices connected with this river goddess collected from texts written over several millennia, as well as from talks with pilgrims, priests, and worshippers who frequent the pilgrimage sites and temples located on her banks. David L. Haberman offers a detailed analysis of the environmental condition of the river and examines how religious practices are affected by its current pollution. He introduces
Indian river environmentalism, a form of activism that is different in many ways from its western counterpart. River of Love in an Age of Pollution concludes with a consideration of the broader implications of the Yamuna’s plight and its effect on worldwide efforts to preserve our environment.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
David L. Haberman is Professor of Religious Studies at
Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of Acting as a Way of Salvation: A Study of Raganuga Bhakti Sadhana, Journey through the Twelve Forests: An Encounter with Krishna, and The Bhaktirasamrtasindhu of Rupa Gosvamin.
Table of Contents
List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsNote on Translation and Transliteration
Introduction1. A River of Delights, a River of Troubles2. The Source: Mother of Life3. River of Death4. Goddess of Love5. Signs of Hope6. A Matter of BalanceAppendix 1. TranslationsAppendix 2. Organizations Working on River IssuesNotesGlossaryBibliography