Course Memo

This is a survey course that traces the broad contours of Hindu theology, philosophy, and praxis. It provides students with the tools to understand Hinduism's internal diversity and historical development. In addition to weekly readings and lectures, we will look at Hinduism's aesthetic dimensions, expressed in sacred text, art, ritual, and music. Hinduism's internal diversity will be explored through a general exposition on the ritualism of the Vedas, the yoga traditions, the devotion of Bhakti, and the embodied experiences of the Tantras. We will pay special attention to how these texts, practices, and philosophies have changed over time in response to and altering social life. [15 max enrollment]