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    Vassar College
  Jan 20, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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RELI 231 - Hindu Traditions

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
(Same as ASIA 231 ) An introduction to the history, practices, myths, ideas and core values that inform Hindu traditions. This year’s course focuses on the major systems of Indian philosophy and the spiritual disciplines that accompany them. Among topics examined are yoga, upanishadic monism and dualism, the paths of liberative action (karma), self realization (jnana), divine love (bhakti), and awakened immanence (tantra). Philosophical understandings of the worship of gods and goddesses will be discussed, along with issues of gender, caste, and ethnicity and post modern reinterpretations of the classical tradition. Rick Jarow.

Prerequisite(s): 100-level course in Religion, or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

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