Bio Notes:Biodiversity and Mythological stories

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What is this section about?

As you may be well aware, currently there is an exodus of people towards cities in India. Families in India, which traditionally were joint families, are slowly disintegrating, especially in the cities. The so-called "nuclear families" consist of the mother, the father and and their kids. Grandparents are slowly moving out of the families. Due to all these factors, knowledge about our biodiversity which was traditionally handed orally or practically from generation to generation is being rapidly lost. If this trend continues, we would be losing a large part of the rich legacy of India.

What kind of knowledge is being lost? Medicinal uses of different plants, knowledge of the concoctions prepared, cultural associations of different plants and animals to name a few. For example, our grandmothers told us stories of gods and goddesses and their favorite animals and birds and plants. However, how many of these stories do WE know to pass on to our future generations?

This particular section aims to collect mythological stories from different parts of India and host them at one place. For example, if you know some stories and cultural associations of some species, you could write a paragraph on it on Project Brahma. These type of stories generally cannot be verified by one group or one person. However, using the power of community moderation, we can verify and display such stories. Stories you write will be prominently attributed to you, of course.

If you are interested in doing this, please contact us at thebrahmaproject at gmail dot com. And now, go ahead and read some such stories we have already compiled...

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Page titleAuthorTopicState discussed, if anySpecies group, if any
Wolf in Indian cultureGaurav MogheMythology and religionPan-IndiaMammals
Why the Ketaki flower was cursed by godsGaurav MogheMythological storiesPan-IndiaPlants
Why Lord Ganesha has a mouse as his vehicleGaurav MogheMythology and religionPan-IndiaMammals
Warli tribe and their tribal artGaurav MogheTribal mythologyPan-IndiaNot noted
Varaha (boar) avatar of VishnuGaurav MogheMythological storiesPan-IndiaMammals
Uses of Neem plantWikipediaUses of biodiversityPan-IndiaPlants
Uses of Henna plantGaurav MogheUses of biodiversityPan-IndiaPlants
Tulsi plant in Indian cultureGaurav MogheMythology and religionPan-IndiaPlants
The Soliga tribe of Karnataka and its intimate relationship with natureGaurav MogheIndigenous practicesKarnatakaNot noted
The Asiatic Lion in Indian cultureGaurav MogheMythology and religionPan-IndiaMammals
Serpents in Indian cultureGaurav MogheMythology and religionPan-IndiaReptiles
Satyanarayan pooja and biodiversityGaurav MogheMythology and religionPan-IndiaMammals
Samudra manthan and the Kurma avatar of VishnuWikipediaMythological storiesPan-IndiaNot noted
Salman Khan and the sacred Blackbuck episodeGaurav MogheIndigenous practicesRajasthanMammals
Reference libraryCollaborativeReference LibraryPan-IndiaNot noted
Principal crops of India and problems with Indian agricultureGaurav MogheBiodiversity dataPan-IndiaPlants
Article:Koli community of Maharashtra and biodiversityDaya TilweIndigenous practicesMaharashtraNot noted
Other NGOs and environmental websitesCollaborativeReference LibraryPan-IndiaNot noted
Olive Ridley turtles, the fishermen of Orissa and the OMRCCGaurav MogheLocals vs conservationOrissaReptiles
Official flora and fauna of IndiaGaurav MogheBiodiversity dataPan-IndiaNot noted
Official documents related to environmentCollaborativeReference LibraryPan-IndiaNot noted
Noteworthy articles to readCollaborativeReference LibraryPan-IndiaNot noted
Neel kamal (Blue waterlily) in Indian cultureGaurav MogheMythological storiesPan-IndiaPlants
Native cow varieties of IndiaGaurav MogheBiodiversity dataPan-IndiaAnimals
Nanda Ashtami - an interesting case of religion and conservationShwetank VermaIndigenous practicesUttarakhandPlants
Missions of the National Action Plan on Climate ChangeGaurav MogheBiodiversity dataPan-IndiaNot noted
Matsya Avatar of Vishnu - How a fish saved the first manGaurav MogheMythology and religionPan-IndiaFish
Mangoes of Tipu Sultan and the rice of Natabar SarangiGaurav MogheIndigenous practicesKarnatakaPlants
Man,Spirit and the Tiger: A Naga storyGaurav MogheTribal mythologyPan-IndiaNot noted
Man made radiation and nature's resilienceRajinikanth MohanBiodiversity and environmentJapanNot noted
Maldhari tribe and their clash with lion conservationGaurav MogheLocals vs conservationGujaratMammals
Mahavir Jayanti and environmental conservationGaurav MogheMythology and religionPan-IndiaNot noted
Lord Shiva and leaves of BaelMadhuri YMythological storiesPan-IndiaPlants
Lord Krishna and the Bakul treeGaurav MogheMythological storiesPan-IndiaPlants
Jainism and environmental conservationDevanshi KhokhaniMythology and religionPan-IndiaNot noted
Indian foods to avoid during pregnancyGaurav MogheUses of biodiversityPan-IndiaPlants
How to use drumsticks to purify waterShwetank VermaUses of biodiversityPan-IndiaPlants
Indigenous practices and biodiversity conservation in UttarakhandRajinikanth MohanIndigenous practicesUttarakhandNot noted
How Lord Ganesha got his elephant headGaurav MogheMythology and religionPan-IndiaMammals
Hornbills and their role in maintenance of rainforestsShwetank VermaBiodiversity conservationPan-IndiaBirds
Article:Home remedies for common health problemsDaya TilweIndigenous practicesMaharashtraNot noted
Holi festival, environment and biodiversityGaurav MogheMythology and religionPan-IndiaGeneral interest
Goddess Ganga and the Gangetic DolphinGaurav MogheMythology and religionPan-IndiaMammals
Genetically modified plants and their impact on agrobiodiversityShwetank VermaBiodiversity and environmentPan-IndiaPlants
Gautam Buddha and the Bodhi TreeGaurav MogheMythological storiesPan-IndiaNot noted
Forest cover in IndiaGaurav MogheBiodiversity dataPan-IndiaPlants
Fig Trees in the Rome, Greece and The BibleGaurav MogheMythology and religionPan-IndiaNot noted
Estimated numbers of animal species in IndiaGaurav MogheBiodiversity dataPan-IndiaAnimals
Elephant in indian cultureGaurav MogheMythology and religionPan-IndiaMammals
Ecology for Children - an experiment in environmental storytellingGauravmEnvironmental organizationsPan-IndiaNA
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A total of 65 articles in the database as of this moment. For the complete list, click on further results on the bottom right corner of the above table.