Course Description

AHI 154/RST 154: The Hindu Temple
Fall 2019

This visually rich course explores 2000 years of Hindu temple tradition – the origins and evolution of temple traditions and regional styles in India and globally. Kings, merchant guilds, wealthy patrons and even simple agricultural communities have poured time, labor and resources into constructing these glorious edifices. These in turn become enduring institutions embodying a kind of continuity that perpetually responds to the pulse of social evolution and development.

Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of Hindu symbolism and iconography and learn about the stories behind these images. We will gather insight into the life of temples by examining ritual and performance, adornment, processionals, and the festival calendar. In addition, we will survey the spread of Hindu temples beyond India and Nepal by exploring the temples of Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and recent architectural innovation in countries around the world.

CRN: 62991/62995 GE: AH,SS,VL,WC,WE Lect: T/R 12:10 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Location: Art 217

Instructor: Dr. Layne Little

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