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Unformatted text preview: January 9, 2012 Religion Lecture Asian Traditions Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism ? Indic traditions Shinto, Daoism, Confucianism ? East Asian traditions Historical Background of the Origins- Sources for the study of South Asia 2 sources Archeological Sources- year 1926, archeological excavation around the area of western Indian and eastern Pakistan ? Sindh, led to the discovery of an ancient civilization- Indus Valley Civilization: river Indus which flows through the northern part of western Indian (today: Pakistan), reliably dated to 2500 BCE, certain stages of Babylonian civilization, settled urban culture well planned/ritual bath houses/double story buildings ? sophisticated for its time in terms of its material culture, culture was active in trade with other countries/civilization, literate culture ? both on the coinage as well as on the pottery and other artifacts found, script of the Indus valley has never been deciphered ? various people have tried but hard to trace it ? Why do we care about it? ? Trying to get a sketch of what the religious picture is, practices that were present during this period and it?s hard to get a picture when you can?t read the script, judging from artistic images ? we can say that this is a culture that had a high concern for purity and pollution ? bath houses understood as being connected to religious practices ? culture that had high reverence for female deities ?...
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