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Abstract

Rural children in Rajasthan, North India, express their connections with trees through storytelling and other artistic media, as well as recognizing trees' multiple uses in everyday life. In both imaginative and pragmatic views, trees are seen as vulnerable and requiring protection, but also as shelters for all creatures and bounteous givers of many blessings. Children's perceptions of trees and nature are shaped by local history in which narratives of deforestation are integral to political changes. Current government initiatives to promote environmental awareness and ecological regeneration also influence young people, who take these lessons to heart.

In: Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology
In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion