Three volumes on Nature in South Asian Traditions for Professors Ferrari and Dänhardt

Posted on 15th August 2016

On 15 August 2016 the third and last part of a three-volume set on Nature in South Asian Traditions edited by Professor Fabrizio Ferrari and Professor Thomas Dähnhardt (Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia) has been published in Equinox Publishing’s  ‘Religion and Ethics Series’:

The volumes explore the concepts of animate and inanimate world in Indian traditions and show how ideas of sentience, agency, consciousness, embodied life and lifelessness have been variously interpreted. Ranging from worldviews which regard animal, plants and minerals as alive, possessing self/soul or inhabited by divine presences and powers to ideas which establish a strict hierarchy with human beings at the top, the Indian Subcontinent proves to be a challenge for taxonomic investigations. The works included here offer new stimulating material to scholars of South Asian Studies and comparative religions with an interest in ethics, indigeneity, ecotheology and environmentalism. At the same time, the rich material examined offers historians of religions stimulating sources for further investigations in fields such as the history of science (medicine, astrology, botany, metallurgy, agriculture, zoology), literature (poetry, myth, epics) and ritual knowledge.

Volume 1: Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts. Non-Human Animals in South Asian Myth, Ritual and Folklore (London: Equinox, 2013).

Volume 2: Roots of Wisdom, Branches of Devotion. Plant life in South Asian Traditions (London: Equinox, 2016).

Volume 3: Soulless Matter, Seats of Energy. Metals, Gems and Minerals in South Asian Traditions (London: Equinox, 2016).