Cultural Embedding of Environmental Consciousness and Conservation

Minakshi Maharaj


The practices of a community express its worldview, values, belief systems and attitudes. This paper explains the central concept in Hinduism pertaining to the relationship between the creator, humans and nature. It examines how these Hindu beliefs have been translated into everyday rituals and practices that express the relationship of interdependence between humans and their natural environment. These rituals, beliefs and practices instill Hindu values pertaining to the earth, natural phenomena and human beings. Thus they encourage environmental sensitivity and promote conservation.


Hindu beliefs, practices, environmental concern.

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