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Water & Religion

Listen: Beyond Belief: Water (BBC Radio 4 podcast, 10 August 2009 − mp3 file)

Water, Religions and Beliefs (UNESCO, World Water Day 2006)

Water in Religion (The Water Page, 2000)

Book: Water Management in Islam (IDRC, 2002)

Environmental Health: an Islamic Perspective (WHO EMRO, 1997) − discusses the ways in which Islamic teachings and the views of Muslim physicians and scholars can be used to identify specific actions to protect the environment and thus promote human health. 

Water and Sanitation in Islam (WHO EMRO, 1996)

Water and Sanitation [in Islam](

Hinduism: A Holy Water Religion (Boloji webpage)

Water more than an economic good, says Pope [Benedict XVI] (ZENIT, 15 July 2008)

Blue Legacy International/Alexandra Cousteau
   Water and Hinduism  Water and Judaism 

Ritual purification (Wikipedia) − "a feature of many religions. The aim of these rituals is to remove specifically defined uncleanliness prior to a particular type of activity, and especially prior to the worship of a deity."

Ritual washing in Judaism (Wikipedia)
Jacob's Well, Bristol, Britain's only known medieval Jewish Ritual Bath (Mikveh)
(Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, 1994)

Faiths and the Environment (CIWEM Policy Position Statement, 2009)  

Climate change, economics and Buddhism − Part I: An integrated environmental analysis framework; Part 2: New views and practices for sustainable world economies (Ecological Economics, 2010)

Website: Alliance of Religions and Conservation

CITY OF BATH, ENGLAND: the only place in the British Isles with a hot-water spring, the so-called Sacred Spring.  Hot water at a temperature of 46°C issues from the spring at the rate of 1,170,m3/day as it has been for thousands of years.
     The spring was discovered by Bladud, son of King Ludhudibras, in the ninth century
bc. Bladud had spent eleven years in Athens being educated but returned home a leper. Because of his illness he was confined in his father's copurt but escaped in disguise and came to a place called Swainswick where he was employed as a swine- herd. In cold weather he saw his pigs wallowing in a mire. He found that the mud was warm and the pigs enjoyed the heat.  Noticing that the pigs which bathed in the mire were free of scurf and scabs, and reasoning that he might benefit in the same way, he too bathed in the waters and was duly cured of his leprosy. He revealed his identity to his master and returned to his father’s court where he was recognised and restored to his inheritance. He succeeded to the throne on his father’s death in 863 bc; he then founded the City of Bath around the hot springs and built the baths so that others might benefit as he had done.
     The Romans named the city Aquae Sulis or "Waters of Sul" − Sul was a local Celtic god whom the Romans identified with Minerva
− and built a large bath complex which included a temple to Sul-Minerva and the Great Bath.
See: Bath: A World Heritage Site (GHC Bulletin, 2000)
Spa therapy through the ages: A history of medical uses of the Hot Springs of Bath (Bath &
            North East Somerset Council, undated)

The King's Bath The Great Bath
The King's Bath
(the site of the Sacred Spring)
The Great Bath

AMRITSAR, INDIA: The Golden Temple, now more correctly known as the Harmander Sahib or "Temple of God" in Punjabi, is centre of Sikhism. It lies in the Sarcred Pool of Nectar or "Amrit Sarovar" in which many Sikhs take a ritual bath − legend has it that a leper was cured of his leprosy after bathing in the Sacred Pool (details here).
The Golden Temple, Amritsar

The Golden Temple, Amritsar