Folklore | Music in Religious Thought & Experience
F450 | 25336 | Reed

Meets with F755.  This course will explore the relationships 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.