Trees and Plants
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The natural world has consistently been an integral part of Hindu and pre-Hindu thought and practice. This is arguably more the case in Hinduism than it is for most other major religions of the world (Daoism and Shinto possibly excluded), which, despite their origins in specific environments, have by and large been dominated by theologies and ideologies of non-local salvation or enlightenment that leave the natural world of lit…

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Frederick Smith, “Trees and Plants”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 16 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012

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