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Religious tourism and the environment.

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The purpose of this book is to examine the interrelationships between religion, tourism, and the environment. The 12 chapters included in this volume elaborate on some of the core aspects of a proposed theoretical model of the ecosystem of religious tourism that views 'the environment' of pilgrimage as a dynamic process shaped by the activities, forms of control, perceptions, and representations o...


Chapter 4 (Page no: 60)

Human sanctuaries can be created everywhere: pilgrimage, tourism, and conservation in Vrindavan, India.

This chapter focuses on how deeper and more philosophical experiences with sacred places, such as Vrindavan, India, can lead to the creation of human sanctuaries. Although present-day Vrindavan, which in popular mythological image is considered a celestial forest and divine playground of Krishna, is a city full of environmental problems, it still is the focus of spiritual teachings that build on the union of religion and nature conservation. In an almost biographical style, the author expounds on the Vaishnava teachings and their relevance for conserving the natural environment as he learned them from his study with local Vrindavan ecologist Shri Sevak Sharan, who calls for practical action and contemplative practice (sadhana, chintan) using what he calls the Vrindavan Ecological Concept (VEC). It is argued that this concept is powerful enough to inspire changes in thought processes and behavioural action that can create human sanctuaries everywhere in the world.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) The environmental impacts of religious tourism. Author(s): Shinde, K. A. Ols, D. H.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 23) Pilgrimage, religious tourism, biodiversity, and natural sacred sites. Author(s): Olsen, D. H.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 42) Managing the environment in religious tourism destinations: a conceptual model. Author(s): Shinde, K. A.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 70) The Beyul: Sherpa perspectives on landscapes characteristics and tourism development in Khumbu (Everest), Nepal. Author(s): Nepal, S. K. Mu Yang La PoHsin
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 83) Religious tourism and environmental conservation in Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, World Heritage Site, Nepal. Author(s): Lafortune-Bernard, A. Suwal, R. N. Weise, K. Coningham, R. A. E.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 95) Interreligious dialogue: trees, stones, water, and interfaith ritual experiences in Lebanon. Author(s): Farra-Haddad, N.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 105) Mimicking mountains: Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família and the mountain of Montserrat. Author(s): Garcia-Fuentes, J. M.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 116) Disease- and health-related issues at mass religious gatherings. Author(s): Olsen, D. H.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 133) The natural environment and waste management at the Hajj. Author(s): Qurashi, J.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 144) The effects of natural disasters on religious tourism sites: earthquakes in the spiritual heart of Italy. Author(s): Giovine, M. di Ascione, E.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 162) Religion, the environment, and sacred places: lessons learned and future directions. Author(s): Olsen, D. H. Shinde, K. A.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2020
  • ISBN
  • 9781789241600
  • Record Number
  • 20203439936