Religious views of the environment

Sanctification of nature and implications for tourism

Authored by: Dallen Timothy

The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and the Environment

Print publication date:  July  2012
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415582070
eBook ISBN: 9780203121108
Adobe ISBN: 9781136325564

10.4324/9780203121108.ch4

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Abstract

Since the beginning of human life on earth, people have found solace in the promise of the divine. This has been manifested in many ways, including a belief in a god or gods, the spiritual nature of inanimate objects, the divinity of self, or nature gods that controlled the elements and rewarded or punished people depending on their obedience or lack thereof. Several archaeological sites, some dating as far back as 10,000 years, are believed to have been built for religious purposes – sites of worship and spiritual transformation (Timothy 2010).

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