Mountain, Water, Rock, God

Understanding Kedarnath in the Twenty-First Century

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Luke Whitmore
  • Oakland, CA: 
    University of California Press
    , November
     2018.
     248 pages.
     $34.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780520298026.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

In Mountain, Water, Rock, God, Luke Whitmore situates the disastrous flooding that fell on the Hindu Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath in 2013 within a broader religious and ecological context. Whitmore explores the longer story of this powerful realm of the Hindu god Shiva through a holistic theoretical perspective that integrates phenomenological and systems-based approaches to the study of religion, pilgrimage, place, and ecology. He argues that close attention to places of religious significance offers a model for thinking through connections between ritual, narrative, climate destabilization, tourism, development, and disaster, and he shows how these critical components of human life in the twenty-first century intersect in the human experience of place.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Luke Whitmore is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

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