Arts of Asia Fall 2019 - Seeking the Divine: The Lesser-Known Religious Traditions of Asia

Arts of Asia Lecture Series
Left: Zoroastrian deity. Right: Fushimi Shrine, Japan.

Arts of Asia Fall 2019 - Seeking the Divine: The Lesser-Known Religious Traditions of Asia

Sanjyot Mehendale
Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Dec 06 2019 except Fri Oct 18 2019, Fri Nov 29 2019.
August 23, 2019
Fridays, August 23 - December 6, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm (No lecture on October 18 & November 29.)
September 6 & December 6 at the State Building, Milton Marks Auditorium, 455 Golden Gate Ave. All other lectures at UC Hastings College of the Law, Snodgrass Hall, 198 McAllister Street, San Francisco.
$175 Society members; $200 non-members for the series. $20 per lecture drop-in, subject to availability.

Videos of the lectures are now available on the Asian Art Museum's YouTube channel. Click here to view the available videos from this lecture series.

For over 25 years, the Arts of Asia Lecture Series has explored the many facets of Asian art, culture, and history. Now for the first time, we will delve into the finer points of religious beliefs in Asia – not the major religions with which our audience is already familiar, but the facets of Asian religious beliefs that are less known in the West yet continue to inform cultural traditions today.  The lectures in this series will explore Zoroastrianism in the Iranian world, Manichaeism in Central and East Asia, Bon in Tibet, Mongolian Tengriism, Muism of Korea and folk religions in Asia.  We will also explore Daoism in China, Shintoism in Japan, and Jainism in India, and examine more recent traditions such as Sufism in Asia, and Sikhism. Please join us for this informative and fascinating journey.

August 23
Other Paths – A Panorama of Asia’s Lesser Known Divine Traditions Study Guide
Sanjyot Mehendale, UC Berkeley

August 30
Zoroastrians in Time and Space: Iran, India, and the Silk Road Study Guide
Jenny Rose, Claremont Graduate University

September 6
Peaceful Warriors: The Origins and Continuing Vitality of Jainism Study Guide
Jeffery D. Long, Elizabethtown College

September 13
The Great Unnamed Religions of East Asia: Divine Presence, Numinous Power and Magical Efficacy Study Guide
James Robson, Harvard University

September 20
Daoism and the Arts of China Study Guide
Stephen Little, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

September 27
Shinto and Japanese Nationalism Study Guide & Presentation
John Nelson, University of San Francisco

October 4
Sky and Earth: Exploring the Non-Buddhist Religious Traditions of Mongolia Study Guide
Uranchimeg (Orna) Tsultem, University of Iceland

October 11
How is Mansin Like a Painting: The Work of Shamans in Korea Study Guide
Laurel Kendall, Columbia University

October 25
The Pearl and the Dragon: Silk Road Christianity From Syria to Xi’an Study Guide
Scott Johnson, University of Oklahoma

November 1
The Religion that (Almost) Disappeared: Chinese Manichean Art and Its Methods of Identification Study Guide
Zsuzsanna Gulacsi, Northern Arizona University

November 8
Sikh Religion in the Language of Colors Study Guide
Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, Colby College

November 15
Seeking the Divine through Architecture: A Baha’i Architect’s Perspective Study Guide
Hossein Amanat, AIA

November 22
The Tibetan Bon Religion and the “Nameless Religion” of Tibet Study Guide
Brandon Dotson, Georgetown University

December 6
Sufism, Beauty, Love: Ecstasy and Rapture of Islam in Asia Study Guide
Carol Bier, Graduate Theological Union


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