(Fall 2014) -- HUM/RELS 155: Pagan Traditions (ONLINE!)

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Time: ONLINE, LIVE WEBINARS THURSDAYS 4-5pm. See Syllabus for details.

Location: Online Only, via Canvas.

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Thematic & historical examination of localized religious traditions; e.g., Shamanic, Animistic, Polytheistic, Pantheistic. These traditions will be studied through their arts, music, myths, life patterns, cosmologies and contact between indigenous and universalizing religions.

Extended Course Description & Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Examine indigenous & Pagan religious traditions in diverse cultural & historical contexts, including:
    • the practices & perspectives associated with shamanism, animism, polytheism & pantheism
    • the history, development & practices of Wicca & other Contemporary Pagan religions in the U.S.
  • Examine the relationship between indigenous & Pagan religions, including:
    • the integral role of myth, ritual, performance, & the creative arts in religion
    • the intersections of religion & ecology
    • the formation of new & alternative religious movements
    • questions of syncretism & cultural appropriation in religions
    • questions of authenticity & “otherness” in religions & cultures
  • Describe & analyze what Pagan religions can teach us about the study of religion & the nature of 
religions in general
  • Syllabus/Green Sheet

    Course Syllabus posted below.


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