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Course "Anthropology of Religions: General Introduction to Spiritual Traditions of Asia"

Course "Anthropology of Religions: General Introduction to Spiritual Traditions of Asia"


The purpose of this course is to go on an anthropological tour around the main spiritual traditions of the continent and to understand the transforming role they had in antiquity, as well as the role they still play in evolving societies.


Human beings have always looked for a raison d'être in the world. An ordering principle that responds to the main issue of existence. In Asia this response is given from a religious phenomenon in a period of changes –for thousands of years in India and in China. Great Chinese-Indian traditions modified the map of human awareness forever.

Every lesson  lasts 2 and a half hours. Every lecture is interactive and counts on the screening of photographs and documentary images. Text reading and their interpretation will also play a special role.


Between spiritual tradition and religion: an approach to the religious phenomenon from compared etymology. Typologies of Asian religious thought and its study. Religious Anthropology. The role of sacrality in times of globalization.


Taoism. Fundamental concepts. History and development: Laozi and Zhuangzi. Aesthetic issues: Tao's path to plastic arts. Nature and mysticism. Cosmogony. Taoism: between tradition and post modernity.

Confucius. Ethics and social model in classic China. Analectes de Confuci: ren (virtue) as a central concept of teachings. The role of rituals in the world of interpersonal relationships. Society and cult to ancestors.


Hinduism as metareligion: history of a term. Cult to sacrality as a form of spiritual transformation. Poetry and religion: Upaniad. Three basic concepts: samsârakarma and moksha. Shiva's dance: rasa or the Indostanic vision of art.

Buddhism. Sutra of Varanasi: the four noble truths. Proselytism and Buddhist tradition: Theravâda and Mahâyâna schools. Himalaya and Vajrayâna Buddhism. Space and symbols in sacred cosmography: Mandala. Community (sangha) and religious life.


From Chan Buddhism to Zen Buddhism: journey as a knowledge transmission form. Great schools: sôtô, rinzai and obaku. The sense of vacuity (sunyata) in Japanese culture. Kôan and absurd: the literary artifice asa method of control of satori. Zen Buddhism and the West.


2017/02/21 > 2017/03/28

From the 21th of February to the 28th of March; Tuesday from 6.00pm to 8.30pm


Casa Asia Headquarters
Sant Pau's Modernist Venue
Sant Manuel Pavilion
c/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167
Price: 120 Euros
Casa Asia
Course given by Jordi Solà Coll, freelance photographer and writer, specialised in cultural dissemination. He has followed anthropology and oriental religion studies and has published his works in magazines like Altaïr, Rutas del Mundo.
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