Conclusions and Preludes: The Many Lives of Sacred Forests

Chris Coggins, B. Verschuuren

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Many of Asia’s sacred groves consist of small islands of trees within veritable seas of agricultural land and urban industrial sprawl, but many still embody the values of a single moral community of humans and non-humans, all partaking in the shared productivity of a cosmopolity inseparable from ecology. This chapter begins with a short summary of some of the common features of Asia’s sacred forests. The importance of sacred groves in socioecological and biocultural systems is emphasized by several authors offering concise overviews of the role of indigenous sacred natural sites in conservation. The chapter ends with some thoughts on how a long-term view of Asia’s sacred forests may help engender greater creative, inclusive, and socially just resource governance in response to the interlocking crises of the Anthropocene.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSacred Forests of Asia
Subtitle of host publicationSpiritual Ecology and the Politics of Nature Conservation
EditorsChris Coggins, Bixia Chen
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781003143680
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2022


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