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More than 90 minutes
Topic(s)
  • Religious Literacy
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  • Educator

If this is your first Religious Traditions course, we recommend familiarizing yourself with key frameworks used in religious studies before beginning. Methods of Religious Studies – Review

  • Introduce themselves to the tradition
  • Investigate internal diversity in Hindu traditions
  • Explore the intersections of Hindu traditions with art

Reflect

As you begin an exploration of Hindu traditions, consider the following questions:

  • What do you know/think you know about Hindu religious traditions?
  • Where did you learn this information? Do you believe these sources are credible? Why or why not?
  • Have you personally spoken with someone who self-identifies as Hindu about their religious identity or religious tradition?

Introduction

Read the following short essays from Harvard University’s Pluralism Project:

Return to the reflection questions above and review the responses:

  • What have you learned in this module that has changed or deepened your understanding of Hindu traditions?

Investigation

  • Did the featured articles adequately address the INTERNAL DIVERSITY of the beliefs, behaviors, and experiences of belonging in Hindu traditions? Provide specific examples.
  • Given the diversity of Hinduism, is it more appropriate to speak of a “Hinduism” or multiple “Hinduisms?”

Intersection

  • How is Hinduism portrayed negatively or positively in the different works in this module? Give a specific example.
  • What intersections do you see between the cultures and contexts in which the different works originated and the ways in which Hinduism is represented?
  • How do the portrayals of Hinduism serve a broader political, artistic, or personal purpose?

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