Losing primeval forests

Degradation narratives in South Asia

Authored by: Kathleen D. Morrison

The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138786745
eBook ISBN: 9781315766355
Adobe ISBN: 9781317660194

10.4324/9781315766355.ch26

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Abstract

It is not only in the modern imagination that forests cast their shadow of primeval antiquity; from the beginning they appeared to our ancestors as archaic, as antecedent to the human world. We gather from mythology that the vast and somber wilderness was there before, like a precondition or matrix of civilization … the forests were first.

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