RELIGION IN EARLY INDIA

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Religion in Early India

This class traces the origins and interactions of the belief systems of ancient India up until the rise of the Gupta Empire (circa 320-550 CE). From a study of artifacts of the Indus Valley Civilization to the Vedic and Upanisadic period, this class provides an in-depth introduction to early Jain and Buddhist thought, as well as an examination of the emergence of theistic Hinduism in the Mahabharata, and the transformative influence of the Indo-Greeks and the Kusanas. It pays particular emphasis on tracing the origins of modern Hindu deities and their sectarian antecedents. But in addition to a study of myth, ritual and the ancient artifacts that embody cultural life, this course also keeps pace with the philosophical innovations of the Upanisads, shramanic doctrine, early Samkhya and Patanjali’s systematization of Yoga.

Schedule of Classes

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Summer 2013