LEARN ABOUT LOVE & DEVOTION IN SOUTH ASIA
Devotion in South Asia: Pathways of Love (REL 3033/ASIA 3037)
M/W 7:00 – 8:30 PM
For centuries, religious traditions in South Asia have developed pathways of love for gods, goddesses, saints, gurus, and prophets. In this course, we examine how Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Jain, and Sikh communities have expressed love and devotion for divine beings and holy persons through literature, performance, and the visual arts. Devotees used these various genres—sacred biographies, poetry and song, dance and dramatic performance, paintings and sculpture—to convey and cultivate intense emotion and passion. We pay special attention to commonalities that transcend the boundaries of genre, religious tradition, time, and space, while remaining sensitive to the specificities of historical circumstance. We further explore how the language of devotional love is used to uphold social norms and communal identity, but also to challenge them. NO PREREQUISITES.