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Spirituality and Sensuality: Sacred Objects in Religious Life

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Overview

Playing drums, telling stories, touching stones, creating wildly colorful altars, dancing, eating and drinking special substances are all basic religious activities. Examples will range across Native American, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish rituals and symbols, and materials will traverse fields from art history to anthropology, philosophy to poetry, science to religious studies. We will toggle between broad theories of religions and specific case studies.

An introductory week will be followed by a week on each of the five senses, and a concluding week. Each week we will incorporate lectures, readings, podcasts, images, and videos, and students will be challenged to spend a little time "offline" and taking notice of the sensual-spiritual elements that make up our cultural life.

Taught by

S. Brent Plate

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  • Vickey completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This course was very interesting. I enjoyed it immensely. If you're interested in the five senses and how they relate to the world in general, as well as religion.
  • Aana
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    Aana completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

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