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The Bishnoi sect of Hinduism put their beliefs in the sacredness of the natural world into practice in their daily life. Presenter Reverend Peter Owen-Jones visits Rajasthan, India, to meet members of the Hindu sect who follow the teachings of the Guru Jambheshwar also known as Jambhoji. In the 18th century the Guru defied the authority of the Mahrajah of Jaipur to prevent the Bishnoi's trees from being cut down, and the Bishnoi maintain this practice of respect for plants and animals to this day.
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16 January 2009

Classroom Ideas

Pupils could consider how committed they might be to the environment. They could compare the actions of the Bishnoi with those of environmental protesters today (eg Swampy and the Newbury bypass). What was the motivation of the Bishnoi and what might motivate pupils to protect the environment in this age of global warming?