Religious Studies

Students in Hinduism class of Religious Studies visit Srividya temple at Rush, New York

The Srividya temple at Rush, N.Y., has offered an interesting opportunity to students in Hinduism class to experience Hinduism first hand. The temple draws its tradition from a South Indian Tantric background and it is completely managed and run by non-Brahmin priesthood. Students were able to participate in the Navaratri festival rituals at the temple on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. Meeting the practitioners of this branch of Hinduism was indeed a highlight for students as it represented a different practice from the one conventionally produced from textual sources.



REL 210 Hinduism In this course, students learn about many of the ritual, devotional, and philosophical traditions that make up the religion known as Hinduism. We begin our enquiry in the ancient world with a survey of the Indus Valley Civilization, and then explore important holy sites, religious movements, and religious reformers in classical, medieval, and modern Hinduism. Although this course is primarily concerned with Hinduism in South Asia, the ways in which Hinduism has taken root in North America (including upstate New York) are also considered through field visits to a local Hindu temple. Our investigation of Hinduism combines historical, literary, and anthropological methodologies, and weekly meetings involve close readings of important Hindu literature (e.g., Rg Veda, Upanisads, Bhagavadgita, and Ramayana) and contemporary fiction, films, and minor fieldwork.

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