Thirsty for Water—Thirsty for Life

Gender and Poverty in Rural Rajasthan


  • Mary Grey University of Wales



Rajasthan, nature, drought, poverty, gender, Gandhi


In the last twenty years Ecotheology has developed steadily: in all areas of theology it has related the human and non-human, insisting that our well-being and flourishing belong together. All key concepts of theology, for example, redemption and grace, have been re-imaged to include earth and all her creatures (McDaniel 1995). My approach here takes a more grass-roots method. For fifteen years I have been involved with the villages of Rajasthan and this experience has transformed my theological method and raised new questions. I now ask, in the interwoven suffering of poor communities, trees, plants and animals and their mutual struggle for survival, in the struggle to attain the most basic realities of life, do we glimpse the presence of the sacred? Is God revealed in a new revaluing of these very realities?

Author Biography

Mary Grey, University of Wales

D.J. James Professor of Pastoral Theology, University of Wales, Lampeter, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Cerdigion SA48 7ED, UK


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How to Cite

Grey, M. (2004). Thirsty for Water—Thirsty for Life: Gender and Poverty in Rural Rajasthan. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 9(1), 86–104.