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People have always lived symbiotically with nature, and built stories, religions and cultures around nature and the local environment ...

Critical to an historical understanding of the environment is the definition of 'God' itself. Many ancient religions and beliefs invariably created 'Gods' and other Supreme Beings out of natural phenomena such as the sun, moon, stars, planets, and also from rivers, mountains, oceans, trees, and other animals.

This respect and 'fear' of inexplicable natural happenings and human dependence on it (for example, dependence on rain for a healthy harvest) - has had an influence on the relationship between hamns and nature. Whole mountain systems or rivers were made sacred and reverenced as Gods so that it could be protected from human exploitation.

It is significant that assigning merit to natural phenomena also brought about value systems that respected and fostered the environment.

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