RELS001 - RELIGIONS OF ASIA

This course is an introduciton to the wide variety of religious beliefs, practices, and ritual technologies in Asia. These religious traditions will not be investigated in isolation. In fact, as Bernard Faure states: "We need to take seriously into account the tradition's attempt to structure its own multiplicity." We will see each tradition has consituted by and constituting others. Each tradition, like each Western religion, is syncretic and multiple, full of internal contradictions and presenting diverse definitions ofthe sacred and good. While we will look at traditions such as Janism, Buddhism,Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism, Zen and Shinto, we will constantly quesiton their boundaries. Week by week the panoply (or perhaps cacophony) of types and perceptions of religious experience, ritual, knowledge, directives, motives, and aspirations as displayed in these traditions will be touched upon. This course seeks to generate questions, promote critical inquiry and elaborate on ways the sacred has been made and continues to be made tangible and the vicissitudedes of life made meaningful in Asia.
Section 001 - LEC
MW 1100AM-1200PM
MCDANIEL, JUSTIN THOMAS
CLAUDIA COHEN HALL 402
Section 002 - REC
F 1100AM-1200PM
ATANASOVA, KAMELIYA
CLAUDIA COHEN HALL 204