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WCF.M3.L23 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Choose between the sections, skimming some from each and then focusing on those of your interest for a total of about 3 hours of reading.

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Relate economic and cultural factors to the development of historical SE Asian kingdoms/empires.
  • Compare historical differences in the impact of varying religions on classical SE Asian civilizations.
  • Explain the integration of religion into family and community life, and possible areas of conflict.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 86-87Lesson 23 Introduction

  • General

  • Vietnam
  • Cleary: “Buddhism and popular religion in medieval Vietnam”
  • 93-118Journal of the African Academy of Religion (Sping 1991) 59 ATLA Religion Database- OCLC

  • Library of Congress Country Studies
  •  Vietnam: Nine Centuries of Independence

  • Cambodia
  • Thierry: “Romance and Epic in Cambodian Tradition”
  • 43-56Diogenes (1998) 181 Wilson Select Plus Database

  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Three Reader
  • 69-70 Luce: Theravada Kingship in Pagan, Classical Burma

  • See especially Conclusion: The Dynastic Cycle.
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Three Reader
  • 71-103Aung-Thwin: Pagan: The Origins of Modern Burma

  • Cooler: “The Art and Culture of Burma”
  •  Ch. 3 The Pagan Period

  • Indonesia
  • Library of Congress Country Studies
  •  Indonesia: The Spread of Indian Civilization, Indianized Empires

  • India

  • See important Hindu thinkers.
  • McNeill: A World History
  • 186-190Sanskrit Literature and Eastern Spread of Indian Civilization
  • 227-229India
  • 240-241The Turkish Infiltration
  • 274-275Southeast Asia

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 140-142Ruparell: Philosophy

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 423-426Delhi and Harayana
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

General (cont.)

India (cont.)

Earhart, ed.: Religious Traditions of the World

716 Knipe: Hindu Chronology

761b-764a Medieval South Asia, Shankara and Advaita Vedanta

Lavy: “As in Heaven, So on Earth: The Politics of Visnu, Siva and Harihara Images in Preangkorian Khmer Civilization”

21-39 Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (Fall 2003) 34 Wilson Select Plus Database

Winter, ed.: WCF Module 3 Study Guide and Lesson Overviews

87-90 Lesson 23 Review


Greek Lessons

Greek 23

Reflection Questions
  • Analyze the role of economics and religion in the creation of monumental architecture and strong kingdoms and empires in Mainland Southeast Asian classical civilizations.

  • Compare the impact of Hinduism and of Buddhism in the development of the Southeast Asian kingship complex during this period. To what extent do you find a comparable influence in Christian Europe of the Middle Ages?

  • In what ways did religion in Southeast Asian cultures support or conflict with family and community life? What implications do you see for the potential role of Christianity in these cultures?