ASIAN 380 - Topics in Asian Studies
Section: 001 The Commodification of the Sacred East: Yoga and Ayurveda from Pre-Modernity to post-Modernity
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Tired after a hard semester or seminar and you want a relaxing weekend? Today the remedy is to visit a spa where you can undergo a de-stressing regimen of Ayurvedic massage, food which is prepared, one is told, on Ayurvedic principles and, as part of the wellness program, an exercise plan which includes meditation and Yoga. Such packages proliferate on the web and are offered by institutions and individuals neither of which have necessarily anything to do with any Indian religion or India. Thus, we have both the phenomenon of the “secularization” of these, once originally, religiously suffused Indic practices as well as their proliferation in the global market. How are we to understand this development? Commonsense seems to indicate that vigorous physical exercise was what Yoga was always about and massages and wellness means Ayurveda. This course will show that such commonsense, which is based upon the assumption of an unbroken continuity of tradition between Yoga and Ayurveda in antiquity and now is highly deceptive. What was meant then and what is meant now is bridged only by a process of radical transformation. In this course we will chart this transformation.

ASIAN 380 - Topics in Asian Studies
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001 (LEC)
Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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