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Department
Religious Studies
Course
RELG 101
Professor
Anne Murphy Jessica Main
Semester
Winter

Description
-core idea: the play among traditions: boundaries and crossing them -play between divinity and humanity, with status and boundaries, between nirgun and sagun -key terms: nirgun, sagun Devotion cuts across traditions -‘murti puja’ (image worship) in Jain traditions -reverence for the Buddha Play -play of divinity and humanity -play of identity, status, boundaries Importance of gender in Bhakti circles -taking on the persona of a woman is common among male poets -yet women poets are rare Idea and experience of devotion -intensity -intimacy -poetry -performance -sharing -emotions two ways of imagining God -Nirgun vs. Sagun -the ultimate is seen as ‘without attributes’ vs. ‘with attributes’ we saw Sagun in Mira’s song to Krishna -associated with temple worship -idea of avatar, incarnation, ‘crossing over’ into this world o
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