Spirituality and Sensuality: Sacred Objects in Religious Life (Hamilton College)


Playing drums, telling stories, touching stones, creating wildly colorful altars, dancing, eating and drinking special substances are all basic religious activities. Examples will range across Native American, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish rituals and symbols, and materials will traverse fields from art history to anthropology, philosophy to poetry, science to religious studies. We will toggle between broad theories of religions and specific case studies.

An introductory week will be followed by a week on each of the five senses, and a concluding week. Each week we will incorporate lectures, readings, podcasts, images, and videos, and students will be challenged to spend a little time “offline” and taking notice of the sensual-spiritual elements that make up our cultural life.

What you’ll learn

  • Find ways to critically reflect on religious environments
  • Search for the sensual bases of religious traditions
  • Engage with examples across Native American, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish rituals and symbols
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