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Department
Religion
Course
RLG205H5
Professor
Ajay Rao
Semester
Fall

Description
RLG205HS Introduction to South Asian Religions Grade Criteria Reading Question 1: a. Development and expansion of Indus valley culture – consequence ofpopulation growth – Mohenjo-Daro case – Harappan case (§.25) b. Neolithic period and archeological evidence – cultural forces andinfluences (§.25) c. Religion of the Indus valley – polity and linguistic affinity – Dravidian presence indo-European linguistic family (§.27) d. Harappan architecture – uniformity of urban planning – acropolis – temple structures – diffusion of culture – imperial formation in South Asia (§.28) e. Later Vedic religious developments – inscriptions on Pasupati – Aryanculture and proto-Saiva speculations – iconic suggestions (§.29) f. Historic continuities of religion – relation with reminiscence ofmesapotamia – female deities (§.30) g. Aryans – introduction – two main theories – concept of aryavarta – predominance of Aryan over Dravidian – migration myth in the indological discourse– cultural transformations – Shaffer’s argument – migration theory reconsidered (§.31-33) Question 2: a. Renunciation – conceptualization – introduction – upanisad-s and Vedantarelation – etymological derivation (§.83) b. Knowledge-action dichotomy – meaning of srauta ritual – upanisadic theorization of ritual (§.83) c. Pranava and prana-agnihotra ritual system from the Brahmana-s – Brahman as a concept – Uddalaka’s philosophical delineation (§.84-85) d. Action and renunciation – origins of samsara and actions – relation to jaina-s – Brhadarankaya position (§.86) e. Orthogenetic theory – asrama and renunciation (§.87-88) f. Louis Dumont’s argument – man-in-the-world – social actors’ (§.88-89) g. Olivelle’s position (§.89) 3) Describe the major features and classifications of the Purāṇas. What is their subject matter? How are they significant narrative texts? - Purānas are narratives which contain gene
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