A Case Study of Tau Kaavu, Kochi, Kerala

  • Arya M. P. St Aloysius College, Thrissur, Kerala
  • Betsy Paul C. St Aloysius College, Thrissur, Kerala
Keywords: Anthropocentrism, Ecosophy, Eco-spirituality, Green Christianity, Sacred Grove, Sustainable Development Goals


This research paper explores religious ecosophy as one of the viable reparative means to the present global environmental crisis. The paper critiques Lynn White’s criticism of Western Christianity as bearing the moral burden of anthropocentrism, which led to the ecological emergency, and traces the ecologically-aligned history of Christianity, especially from the latter half of the twentieth century to the present. Guattari’s and Naess’ notion of “ecosophy,” Thomas Berry’s ideas on “eco-spirituality,” and Madhav Gadgil’s conception of the “sacred groves” are used to form the theoretical framework for the arguments put forth here. Locating the formative influences of Tau Kaavu in the inter-religious frameworks of Kerala, the paper projects it as an example of religious ecosophy and eco-spirituality that also caters to the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 envisioned by the United Nations in 2015. The significance and scope of the article lie in exploring the prospects of ecosophy in regards to global religions that can help produce ecologically allied ideologies and aid sustainable development.


Author Biographies

Arya M. P., St Aloysius College, Thrissur, Kerala

Arya M. P. is a PhD research scholar in the Postgraduate Department of English, St Aloysius College, Thrissur, Kerala. Her research interests include Film Studies, Gender Studies, and Ecocriticism.

Betsy Paul C., St Aloysius College, Thrissur, Kerala

Dr Betsy Paul C. is Associate Professor in the Postgraduate Department of English, St Aloysius College, Thrissur, Kerala. She is interested in Indian English literature and women’s writing.


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How to Cite
M. P., A., & Paul C., B. (2022). SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH RELIGIOUS ECOSOPHY. Journal of Dharma, 47(2), 183-202. Retrieved from