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...

Recent community pages

Page titleAuthorTopicState discussed, if anySpecies group, if any
Salman Khan and the sacred Blackbuck episodeGauravmRajasthanMammals
Article:Koli community of Maharashtra and biodiversityDaya TilweNot noted
Other NGOs and environmental websitesCollaborativeIndiaNot noted
Noteworthy articles to readCollaborativeIndiaNot noted
Neel kamal (Blue waterlily) in Indian cultureGauravmIndiaPlants
Native cow varieties of IndiaGauravmIndiaAnimals
Nanda Ashtami - an interesting case of religion and conservationShwetank VermaUttarakhandPlants
Missions of the National Action Plan on Climate ChangeGauravmIndiaNot noted
Matsya Avatar of Vishnu - How a fish saved the first manGauravmIndiaFish
Mangoes of Tipu Sultan and the rice of Natabar SarangiGauravmPlants
Man,Spirit and the Tiger: A Naga storyGauravmIndiaNot noted
Man made radiation and nature's resilienceRajinikanth MohanNot noted
Maldhari tribe and their clash with lion conservationGauravmGujaratMammals
Mahavir Jayanti and environmental conservationGauravmIndiaNot noted
Lord Shiva and leaves of BaelMadhuriMythological storiesIndiaPlants
Lord Krishna and the Bakul treeGauravmIndiaPlants
Jainism and environmental conservationDevanshi KhokhaniIndiaNot noted
Indian foods to avoid during pregnancyGauravmIndiaPlants
How to use drumsticks to purify waterShwetank VermaIndiaPlants
Indigenous practices and biodiversity conservation in UttarakhandRajinikanth MohanUttarakhandNot noted
How Lord Ganesha got his elephant headGauravmIndiaMammals
Article:Home remedies for common health problemsDaya TilweNot noted
Holi festival, environment and biodiversityGauravmIndiaGeneral interest
Goddess Ganga and the Gangetic DolphinGauravmIndiaMammals
Genetically modified plants and their impact on agrobiodiversityShwetank VermaIndiaPlants
Forest cover in IndiaGauravmBiodiversity dataIndiaPlants
Fig Trees in the Rome, Greece and The BibleGauravmIndiaNot noted
Estimated numbers of animal species in IndiaGauravmIndiaAnimals
Elephant in indian cultureGauravmIndiaMammals
Ecology for Children - an experiment in environmental storytellingGauravmIndiaNA
Climate change and end of the Indus Valley CivilizationGauravmIndiaNot noted
Chanakya's advice on being invincibleGauravmIndiaNot noted
Biodiversity hotspots in IndiaGauravmIndiaNot noted
Bhils of Central India and Parvati's curseGauravmIndiaNot noted
Agricultural biodiversity and food security of IndiaShwetank VermaIndiaPlants
Article:India - a vulnerable country on a fragile planetGauravmIndiaNot noted

A total of 38 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.