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Hinduism week one notes

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Hinduism week one notes REL 279-31

Olivia Notetaker
La Salle
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Notes from the first week of class (20th)
Hinduism: Yoga/ Dharma/ Devotion
Professor Julie Regan
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Olivia Notetaker on Saturday January 9, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to REL 279-31 at La Salle University taught by Professor Julie Regan in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 92 views. For similar materials see Hinduism: Yoga/ Dharma/ Devotion in Religious Studies at La Salle University.


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Date Created: 01/09/16
Hinduism notes- Week One  Hinduism- extremely diverse; has monotheists, polytheists, and atheists. Even though it’s so diverse, it embraces everything o Sacramental o Practices  Ninian Smart  7 dimensions of Religion o 1) Practical or Ritual- prayer, asceticism, calendar rituals/holidays, pilgrimage (going to holy places), life cycle rituals for major events o 2) Experimental and Emotional- spiritual/devotional movements, mystical traditions, feelings of awe/wonder/compassion o 3) Narratives and Myths- central stories of the religion which explain its rituals/laws/concepts  In Hinduism, these do not define the religion like the Bible does for Christianity o 4) Doctrinal and Philosophical- central concepts/wisdom, beliefs, creeds, theology, interpretation of scriptures o 5) Ethical and Legal- religious laws, principles of how to live a good life o 6) Social and Institutional- community, people, the institution that makes it “organized religion”, society as a whole o 7) Material- architecture, representations of the divine, ritual objects and substances, sacred space & place  Hindu is what we call a person  Never say “The Hinduism Religion”; Hinduism IS the religion  Yoga- meditation and prayer, body and developing flexibility (asana), self-yoga, breathing (prana-yama), asceticism  Devotion- valsharas (Vishnu)- chanting, prayer, song & dance, Kristina & Rama (2 main forms of Vishnu; and their wives), arts, poetry  Dharma- ethical, conducts, how to live, duty (what’s expected of you- defined by gender and age at times), the way things are, truth, Kama Sutra (how to be a lover), Laws of Manu, Ghandi, social movements


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