ASIA 131 - Introduction to Asian Religions


General Links

  1. Guide to Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Session 3 - Vedic Religion

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - Hindu Ideas of Creation (40 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Soundcloud (stream)

Session 4 - Responses to Vedic Religion

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - Upanishads (40 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Soundcloud (stream)

Session 5 - Jainism

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC Incarnations - Mahavira (15 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)

Session 6 - Buddhism

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - The Buddha (30 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)
    3. Soundcloud (stream)

Session 7 - "Hinduism Redefined"

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - The Bhagavad Gita (40 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Soundcloud (stream)
  2. BBC Incarnations - Shankaracharya (15 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Soundcloud (stream)

Session 8 - Temple & Classical Hinduism

UNESCO - Kumbh Mela (10 minutes)

  1. Youtube link

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - Lakshmi (45 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Soundcloud (stream)

Session 10 - Tibetan Buddhism

Asian Art Museum (11 minutes)

  1. Views of Tibet (7 minutes)
  2. Sacred Arts of Tibet (4 minutes)

Session 12 - Islam in Asia

Crash Course - Islam (about 10 minutes) link

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - Sunni and Shia Islam (45 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
  2. BBC In Our Time - Islamic Law and Its Origins (45 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Soundcloud (stream)

Session 13 - Bhakti Movements

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC Incarnations - Kabir (15 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
  2. BBC Incarnations - Nanak (15 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
  3. BBC Incarnations - Mirabai (15 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)

Session 14 - The Khalsa

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - The Sikh Empire (45 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)
    3. Soundcloud (stream)

Session 16 - Laozi & Daoism

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - Daoism (45 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)
    3. Soundcloud (stream)

Session 17 - Popular Religion in China

UNESCO - Mazu Beliefs and Customs (10 minutes)

  1. Youtube Link

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. Mario Poceski, Chinese Religions: The EBook (about 20 pages)
    1. Chapter 7 "Popular Religion" (requires login)

Session 18 - Confucius & Confucianism

Recommended Resources (Optional)

Asian Topics: Confucianism & Classical Japan (about 30 minutes total)

  1. Three Confucian Values (0:35)
  2. Filial Piety (2:14)
  3. Ancestor Worship (2:06)
  4. Humaneness (Ren) (1:13)
  5. Ritual (Li) (2:38)
  6. Ritual in Everyday Life and Imperial Palace (1:47)
  7. Reciprocity and the Five Human Relationships (1:26)
  8. Man Is a Social Being (3:04)
  9. On Government (1:42)
  10. The Gentleman (1:48)
  11. On Education (0:49)
  12. The Classics (2:51)
  13. Is Confucian Thought "Religious" (4:29)
  14. The Emperor and the Mandate of Heaven (1:43)
  1. BBC In Our Time - Confucius (30 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)
    3. Soundcloud (stream)

Session 20 - Zen Buddhism

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - Zen (45 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)
    3. Soundcloud (stream)

Session 22 - Popular Religion in Korea - Korean Indigenous Folk Religion

Yim Suk-Jay et al., "Korean Religions" (in The Religious Traditions of Asia : Religion, History, and Culture)

  1. Korean Religions (read from beginning on page 333 to "Ancestor Worship" on page 338)
    1. Direct link to ebook (may require login)

Session 23 - Popular Religion in Japan - Shinto

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - Shinto (45 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Soundcloud (stream)
  2. CBC Tapestry - John Nelson on Shinto (30 minutes)
    1. CBC Website