ANT4120 Survey of Anthropology of Religion: Hinduism

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Samuel Dira

Course Description:

Survey of the interrelated religious traditions of South Asia that are often labeled Hinduism. It examines the historical foundations, themes, practices, rituals and philosophical and theological thoughts of the three Hindu paths or margasritual, contemplative renunciation, and devotionas they have been lived and practiced down to the present day.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Hinduism is one of the major world religions. According to Pew Research Center (2012), about 15% of the contemporary worlds people identify themselves as Hindus. In this course, students will gain religious and intercultural literacy of the people who account for a significant proportion of the worlds population. The course also provides learners with a framework, approaches and techniques that help them analyze Hinduism and its belief system. This knowledge will open doors for missional and career (service) opportunities for learners in South Asia and globally among South Asian immigrants.

Why This Course Is Important:

This course explores the broad diversity of people, religion, and culture of South Asia in general and Hinduism, in particular. It prepares missional leaders and practitioners for culturally appropriate communication with and service to the people in South Asia and immigrants of Hindu background worldwide. Knowledge of the philosophy and theology of Hinduism enables missional leaders to provide evidence-based answers to the questions people might ask as they encounter the gospel.