ANST 381

Himalayan Religion & Culture

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.