Religious Studies | Introduction to Hinduism
R255 | 11506 | Hamilton


The above course meets A&H, CSA distribution.

Who is a Hindu?  What is a mantra?  Why are gods and goddesses
important? Where do Hindus go for pilgrimage?  In this introductory
course we aim to answer these and other questions about forms of
Hinduism in South Asia and the world.  The course objective is to
gain an understanding of beliefs and practices of Hinduism as a
lived experience.  Course topics include:  sacred texts, worship,
gods and goddesses, life cycle, gurus and teachers, identity and
sacred space.
Source materials consist of lectures, primary and secondary sources,
films, cartoons, the web and a podcast or two.  Course grade based
on class participation, weekly assignments, quizzes, a midterm and
final.
No prior knowledge of Hinduism is necessary.