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The Ordination of a Tree: The Thai Buddhist Environmental Movement
Thai Buddhist monks wrap orange clerical robes around trees to protect forests. Ordaining a tree is a provocative ritual that has become the symbol of a small but influential monastic movement aimed at reversing environmental degradation and the unsustainable economic development and consumerism that fuel it. This book examines the evolution of this movement from the late ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by State University of New York Press
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An absolutely fascinating glimpse into the Thai Buddhist environmental movement. This serves as a perfect example of how institutions can operate to affect management of socio-ecological systems. I found Darlington's writing to be clear, if only a bit repetitive. This book may sacrifice depth for breadth; I personally would like to have learned more about the actual ecological ramifications of performing tree ordinations and long life ceremonies for rivers beyond the ostensible changes in land ...more