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After our popular fall 2019 lecture series on the lesser-known religions of Asia, we expand our scope to explore beliefs about the afterlife and divine justice across Asia and view how different communities and religious traditions observe the passage of life to afterlife.
Please join us on a journey that will start with some of the earliest known traditions of Mesopotamia, the Abrahamic traditions, study ancestor worship in China, examine ideas about reincarnation across Asia, look at heavens and hells on the Silk Road, examine the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and follow the Night Journey of the prophet Muhammad. Distinguished scholars will address beliefs and practices from the Ancient Near East to Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Far East. The variety of beliefs is as broad as human imagination. Come hear about ghosts and spiritual beings from different traditions as well as burial customs of the Chinese diaspora during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Dying While Living and Living While Dead: Themes Across Asian Afterlife Beliefs
Christopher Moreman, CSU East Bay
The Descent of Ishtar and the Epic of Gilgamesh: Afterlife in Early Mesopotamian Traditions
Niek Veldhuis, UC Berkeley
The Art of Reincarnation in South Asian Religious Traditions
Melia Belli Bose, University of Victoria
Visions of the Afterlife in the Bible and Dead Sea Scrolls
Ron Hendel, UC Berkeley
Gods, Ghosts, and Felicitous Writing: Visions of the Afterlife in Ancient China
Jun Hu, UC Berkeley
The Road to Hell: Buddhist Visions of Naraka at Qizil
Sanjyot Mehendale, UC Berkeley
Korean Traditions of the Afterlife
Michael Pettid, SUNY Binghamton
Pure Land, Hell, or Emptiness? Buddhist Visions of the Hereafter on the Silk Road
Michelle McCoy, University of Pittsburgh
Navigating the Afterlife Through the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Jacob Dalton, UC Berkeley
Beyond Life as We Know It: The Wondrous and the Monstrous in Japanese Notions of the Afterlife
Mark Blum, UC Berkeley
Afterlives and Afterworlds in the Islamic Garden
Nerina Rustomji, St. John’s University
On Corpses, Ghosts, and Amulets in the Funerary Culture of Thai Buddhism
Justin McDaniel, University of Pennsylvania
Traveling Between Worlds: The Afterlife of Art and Ritual in Indonesia
Kaja Maria McGowan, Cornell University
If You Are Remembered, You Still Exist: The Bone Repatriation of Chinese Immigrants
Summer Mei Ling Lee, Artist
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