Dharma, Karma, and Living with the God/dess/es: Hindu Lives|
Spring 2020 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations, South Asia Studies|
Through fiction, autobiography, biography, art, a comic book, a city, and a village, this course explores some of the myriad understandings of what it is to be Hindu. In an effort to introduce students to Hindu culture and religion, a number of approaches shall engage the questions, What is Hindu dharma? and What is it to be Hindu? The class will also investigate the issue of "Hinduism," a term created in the 19th century to identify a Hindu "religion" rejected by many 21st-century Hindus. This issue expresses just one of many arising from the Indian experience of contact with the West. Overall, the course immerses students in the lives of Hindu individuals and communities so that we, as a class, can draw our conclusions about Hindu practices and meanings in different political, mythic, social, and cultural contexts.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIR)(CSA)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
U. R. Ananthamurthy, SAMSKARA: A RITE FOR A DEAD MAN
M. K. Gandhi, AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY: THE STORY OF MY EXPERIMENTS WITH TRUTH
Julius Lipner, HINDUS: THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND PRACTICES
Valmiki, RAMA THE STEADFAST: AN EARLY FORM OF THE RAMAYANA, Translated by John Brockington and Mary Brocking
READER (available at Wesleyan print shop)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Attendance and participation is mandatory. Two short papers, two exams, one research paper, and a map quiz.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course counts toward the South Asia Studies Certificate as both historical inquiry and contemporary society & practice. It serves also as a gateway course.