Folklore | Music in Religious Thought & Experience
F755 | 24816 | Reed

This course will explore the relationship between music and religious
experience and thought in select sacred musical traditions of the
world.  We will comparatively analyze pertinent issues including
roles of music in sacred rituals, theories about and concepts of
music involving the divine, uses of music as a means of communication
with spiritual domains, uses of music in the negotiation of religious
boundaries, intersections between American popular culture and
religion, the effects of mass media on sacred musical practices,
relationships between music performance and religious identity, music
and religious ecstasy, and music and trance.  Case studies will be
drawn from major world religious traditions, local religious
traditions, and combinations thereof.