Middlebury

FYSE 1436

Mystics, Saints, and Shamans

Mystics, Saints, and Shamans
What is the nature of a mystical experience? Are “mysticism” or “sainthood” phenomena with a universal core found equally across cultures? What is the role of cultural and social contexts in the formation of such experiences and phenomena? How exactly do we define who is a saint or a shaman? This course will be a comparative study of extraordinary experiences and manipulations of reality claimed by charismatic religious figures across time and space. We will discuss a wide variety of examples from traditionally renowned saints of the medieval Islamic world to contemporary Shamanic and New Age practices in the Americas. 3 hrs. sem.
Subject:
First Year Seminar
Department:
First-Year Seminar Program
Division:
Interdisciplinary
Requirements Fulfilled:
CMP CW PHL

Sections

Fall 2020

FYSE1436A-F20 Seminar

Fall 2019

FYSE1436A-F19 Seminar (Anzali)

Fall 2015

FYSE1436A-F15 Seminar (Anzali)

Spring 2015

FYSE1436A-S15 Seminar (Anzali)