This seminar explores the visual materials and their context that shed light on pre-modern China's Buddhist, Daoist, funeral, and other diverse religious and ritual practices. Topics of discussion include iconic and aniconic traditions; breathing, meditation, and visualization; paradise and hell; body; ritual performance; patronage; Buddhist grottoes; tombs; multi-ethnic; printing. Graduate Students will be assigned additional readings and be required to write a substantial research paper (20-25 pages, excluding footnotes).
Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: HART 323. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for HART 623 and HART 323.