ASIAN 255 - Undergraduate Seminar in Asian Studies
Fall 2018, Section 001 - Hindu Myth
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures


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May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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A vast and dizzying array of myths and stories constitute an integral part of the Hindu religious tradition. These fascinating and compelling tales of gods and goddesses, sages and demons, kings and queens have played a major role in Indian cultural and literary history and continue to inform the lives of millions of readers and hearers today. In this first-year seminar course, we will read and analyze an assortment of Hindu narrative and mythological texts from classical India in English translation, as well as a selection of scholarly works on Hindu mythology. Topics covered in this course include: defining mythology; understanding the Vedic religion and classical Hinduism through myth; myths from the Puranas (medieval compendia of Hindu stories); myths and stories from the great epics of early India (the Mahabharata and the Ramayana); important myths associated with major Hindu deities (Visnu, Siva, and Devi); the relationship of myth to festivals and pilgrimage; and the modern depiction of classical myths in comic books and other media.


ASIAN 255 - Undergraduate Seminar in Asian Studies
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM

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