Spirituality and water

Authored by: Gary L. Chamberlain

The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138214675
eBook ISBN: 9781315445489
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In every culture, water and spirituality interpenetrate one another. In this brief excursion, a variety of practices and belief systems reveal this intimate connection, whether in literature, poetry, music, art, nature, or in formal indigenous and world religious traditions. In reality, the salty seas comprise 97% of the water on earth with 2% of fresh water locked in ice and permafrost. That leaves under 1% for the nourishment of humans, animals, plants, and the earth’s surface; 1% of fresh water today—hit by climate change, pollution from mines, runoff from agriculture, and human waste; scarce in many lands; often wasted and clogged with deadly chemicals. In addition, the seas are hurt from acidification and warming due to climate change.

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