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HUM 214 Sexuality And Spirituality In Ancient India




Course Description

Sexuality in India was an essential part of life and a path to spiritual bliss. This course will focus on two classic Indian Texts: the Kama Sutra, the oldest Hindu textbook of erotic love, and the Mahanirvana Tantra, the best known of Tantric scriptures. Together, these texts analyze the delicate sphere of sensual love, erotic psychology, subtle energy structures of the human body, ceremonies, yogic practices and mantras for meditation. All these aspects will be discussed in a broad cultural and ethical context. Substantial parts of the authentic texts will be examined. The lectures will be illustrated by slides of ancient and medieval Indian art.



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