"Elements of Culture"

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Consultant Reports

> Units 1 & 2

> Unit 3: Comparison

> Extra Credit Readings

Extra Credit



MOO = Masterpieces of the Orient (anthology)

IAR = Introduction to Asian Religion (@ library reserve counter)

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Extra Credit Readings, Practices & Terms

In selecting a practice & terms for each unit, most people will be drawn to a practice identified in one of the readings guides and addressed in one of the Application Exercises done in class. Interested students may earn **EXTRA CREDIT**, however, by doing additional reading that either (A) provides additional information about one of the above mentioned practices or (B) describes an entirely different practice not yet considered in class. You can also add points to a TRA score by doing a written analysis of one of these optional sources.

Unit 1

A. Additional Information About Practices Considered in Class

  • composing & inscribing Ashoka's edicts
    IAR 109-20 & Nikayas (IAR, 369-71)
  • telling & listening to the Mahabharata epic
  • Bhagavad Gita, chapters 2-3 (MOO, 160-68)]
  • telling & listening to Purana stories
    "Chola Bronzes from South India" (web site)
    &/or Brhaddharma & Vishnu Puranas (IAR, 355-59)
  • composing & reciting hymns for Vedic fire-offering
    IAR, chapter 2 &"Indus Valley Slide Show" (on-line)
  • carving & viewing the relief at Mammalapuram
    "Chola Bronzes from South India" (web site)
  • enacting & viewing Kalidasa's Shakuntala
    Shakuntala remainder: MOO, 250-67 &/or 289-16)

B. Additional Practices NOT Considered in Class

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