Folklore | Music in Religious Thought & Experience
F755 | 14053 | D. Reed


Fulfills Theory

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.