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Religion 236: Disaster and Enlightenment: Pilgrimages in East Asia
Guangdong, China; Hangzhou, China; Hiroshima, Japan; Hong Kong, Hong Kong; Mt. Koya, Japan; Nagasaki, Japan; Nanjing, China; Narita, Japan; Sendai, Japan; Yamagata City, Japan (Outgoing Program)
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Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor, Religion 101, 111, or 112 Program Type: J-Term 2
Max. Enrollment: 16 Academic Dept: Religion
No. of Credits: 4 All College Req(s): HE-Human Expression, Intcl-Intercultural, Rel-Religion
Immersion: IS-Internatonal Studies
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INSTRUCTOR: Geron Kopf (Religion)
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Pilgrims
 
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This course explores traditional and new forms of pilgrimages in East Asia. In particular, it examines two kinds of pilgrimages: traditional ones to sacred mountains, sanctuaries, and other religious pilgrimage sites, on the one side, and pilgrimages to memorials that commemorate immense natural and human catastrophes such as Hiroshima (dropping of the atomic bomb) and Nanjing (1937/8 massacre), on the other. What connects these two kinds of pilgrimages is the importance attributed to memory, the desire for healing, and the need for reflection. The goal of this course is to investigate the religious and political dimensions of memory, self-cultivation, and contemplation. The course accomplishes this goal by examining questions such as: what is the social dimension of religious pilgrimages, what is the moral dimension of memory, and what is the spiritual dimension of healing and reconciliation? Offered only during January term.
 
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Estimated Cost: $4350 - $4975
Estimated Add'l Meal Costs: $500
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