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| Last Updated:: 07/05/2019

The Forests Protected by Deities

 

 

 

 

 

What made communities demarcate a patch of trees as sacred, and create taboos for its  preservation, including bans on tree felling, hunting and even the removal of dead leaves and fruits?

 

The myth associated with each grove reveals the ecological reason why it was worthy of preservation.

 

The importance of sacred groves in nature conservation has increased after the declaration of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Community-based conservation initiatives are one of the prime agendas for CBD for which the sacred grove tradition can be portrayed as a role model.

 

 

 

 

Source: The New Indian Express, 04 April, 2019, Chennai.