Beyond “Mother Earth”: Earth as Luminous, Sentient–and Threatened–Angel

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Sacred cosmology of Persian Muslim miniatures (Attar's Conference of the Birds)

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Sacred cosmology of Persian Muslim miniatures (Attar's Conference of the Birds)

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Our religious traditions have a rich legacy of conceiving of the Earth not as a “thing” to be walked upon and exploited, but very much as a living creature, an angel, a being connected to our own being.