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

Fall 2005

R S 312 • Sexuality & Religion in India

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43454 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
PAR 201

Course Description

This course is designed to explore various aspects of sexuality addressed by the Indian religious traditions. No prior knowledge of India or Indian culture is required. The course will introduce relevant themes in Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic art, literature, myth, ritual, and theology from antiquity through the late medieval period. It will explore such topics as sexual symbolism in early myth and ritual, the rise of ascetic traditions, moral and legal issues, devotional poetry, tantric cults, and erotic mysticism. Readings will be assigned from original source material in English translation and works by various scholars in the field. Audio-visual materials will supplement the texts, lectures, and class discussions.

Grading Policy

3 exams: 25% each

Class participation: 25%


Dimmock, Edward C. The Place of the Hidden Moon: Erotic Mysticism in the Vaisnava-sahajiva Cult of Bengal Doniger, Wendy Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts trans., The Kama Sutra Miller, Barbara Stoler Love Song of the Dark Lord: Jayadeva's Gitagovinda


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