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THRS 381 - Himalayan Religions and Cultures (4)

This course explores contemporary religions and cultures of the Himalayan regions such as Tibet, Nepal and northern parts of India.  We will examine the relationship between the local peoples and their sacred spaces, between societies and their shamanic healers, and between celibate virtuoso and non-celibate ritual specialists.  It is through such analysis that students will learn how religions such as Buddhism, Bon, Hinduism and shamanic healing practices shape the lives of the sturdy Himalayan people and how they in turn give new meanings to their cultures and societies.