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Lecture 1

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Religion
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RLGA01H3
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Henry Shiu

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Lecture 01/ pg. 1
Shiu, Henry September 15th, 2009
RLGA01, Lec. 01
Eastern Traditions:
o Hinduism
o Jainism
o Sikhism
o Buddhism
o Confucianism
o Daoism
o Shinto
- ³+LQGXLVPLVWKHGRPLQDQWUHOLJLRQRI,QGL
- 85% of the one billion of people living in India are known to the ZRUOGDV³+LQGXV´
Problematic terms in the statement:
o Hinduism
o Religion
o India
- These are not terms that originate from the indigenous words of India
- Religion arose from colonial/national power
- Problems:
o Each one of them suggests uniformity and consistency that does not actually
exist
- When we study the religious traditions of the East, we must accustom ourselves to:
o Diversity
o Discontinuity
o Difference
Notes:
- 7KH³+LQGX´DQGKHQFH³+LQGXLVP´DUHRI3HUVLDQRULJLQIURPDURXQGWKHth century
CE
- sanatana dharma PHDQV³HWHUQDOOD
- Most Hindus see themselves as devotees of a particular god or goddess, such as Siva or
Visnu
- ³7LODNV´IRUHKHDGPDUNLQJ
o Shiva ± white horizontal stripes
o Vishnu ± vertical markings
- 7KHZRUOG³UHOLJLRQ´GHULYHVIURPWKH/DWLQ³Religio´
- Outsiders vs. Insiders
o The insiders know things that the outsiders will never know, the outsiders know
things that the insiders cannot know.
- Bharata = indigenous term for India
- In the 1960s, India attracted the hippies from the West, seeking mystical experience and
enrichment from the Indian sages
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Lecture 01 pg. 1 th Shiu, Henry September 15 , 2009 RLGA01, Lec. 01 Eastern Traditions: o Hinduism o Jainism o Sikhism o Buddhism o Confucianism o Daoism o Shinto - +L3:L82L89K042L3,3970OLJL4341,3L, - 85% of the one billion of people living in India are known to the Z47O,8+L3:8 Problematic terms in the statement: o Hinduism o Religion o India - These are not terms that originate from the indigenous words of India - Religion arose from colonialnational power - Problems: o Each one of them suggests uniformity and consistency that does not actually exist - When we study the religious traditions of the East,
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