Introduction to World Religions RLGN 1320 A01
The nature of Religious Festivals
Five pages, 10% of total grade. Due: March 6, 2014
Background: This paper is designed to allow students to explore ways in which religious
festivals relate to tradition, demon
Rituals and Symbols
force is indifferent to
human desires and
Not influenced by
prayer, etc. Humans
can only seek to
Chapter 6 (Page 188-207)
o Was a revival of declining Confucianism, which began with Han Yu (768-824 CE).
He opposed the Buddhist influence on a Tang emperor.
o An outstanding leader of the revival was Zhuxi (Chu Hsi): he was a scholar
Chapter 3 Religions Arising in India Oct 1st, 2008 Pgs 63-74
Foundations of Religions from India precede the Common Era, besides Sikhism
In first millennium BCE in India 2 powerful concepts: karma and reincarnation. All thoughts and
deeds influence our fu
Chapter 6 - Religions Of China And Japan
In these religions two teachers: Laozi, remote and mysterious, solitude in the mountains. And
Confucius, ever seeking the centers of political power, impresses us as a wise man of the world.
Laozi preferred nature,
Chapter 4 Buddhism
Buddhas name was Siddhartha Gautama.
Buddhas teachings influenced Indias Ashoka to reform court to be more compassionate.
Unlike Hinduism, Buddhism began with a founder.
Historical Development Life of Buddha
Two points of view of the bi
Jainism, although a minority religion of India, is considered so much a part of the
religious scene that some people regard it as a sub caste of Hinduism. However, since
its views on the Vedas and deities differ from those of Hindus, it must be