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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Spring 2006

R S 321 • Hist of Hindu Relig Traditions

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43460 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
GEA 114

Course Description

This course examines the principal themes of traditional Hinduism, the dominant religion of the Indian subcontinent. It gives special attention to the historical development of the tradition and relation to social and cultural life in India. To the extent possible, the course will explore Hinduism through different forms of religious expression created within India itself. These include written texts which have been significant in the Hindu tradition and which reveal the distinctive elements of its religious thought. But they also include rituals that have been central to religious life, patterns of social action that embody Hindu values, and images and architecture that display the form and powers of the Hindu world.

Grading Policy

Microthemes 30% 2 Quizzes 20%

Mid-term 20%

Final examination 30%


U.R. Anantha Murthy, Samskara.

C. Dimmitt and J.A.B. van Buitenen, Classical Hindu Mythology: A Reader in the Sanskrit Puranas

Gavin Flood, An Introduction to Hiduism

R.K. Narayan, The Mahabharata

Barbara Stoler Miller, The Bhagavad-Gita


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