ERIC Number: ED439992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Puja: Expressions of Hindu Devotion. Guide for Educators.
This teaching packet serves as a unit by itself or as part of preparation unit for a visit to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery to see the exhibition "Puja: Expressions of Hindu Devotion." Focusing on Hindu religious objects found in an art museum, the packet suggests connections between art and world studies themes. In addition, these highly symbolic objects provide much material for discussion of the creation of images, whether in two or three dimensions, in speech, or in music. In this way, study of the objects provides a springboard for creativity in art, language arts, and music. This guide explains that puja is the act of showing reverence to a god, or to aspects of the divine, through invocations, prayers, songs, and rituals. An essential part of puja for the Hindu devotee is making a spiritual connection with a deity (often facilitated through an element of nature, a sculpture, a vessel, a painting, or a print). The guide's materials seek to give insight into Hindu pujas and to portray the role of art objects as links to the divine. Student learning objectives include to: (1) explain the basic beliefs of Hinduism; (2) identify several of the major Hindu gods and goddesses; (3) describe the practice of puja; (4) demonstrate an understanding of how objects are used in puja ceremonies; and (5) integrate concepts learned from the study of puja into other curriculum areas. (BT)
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Foreign Countries, Global Education, Hinduism, Indians, Middle Schools, Multicultural Education, Non Western Civilization, Religion Studies, Religious Cultural Groups, Secondary Education, Social Studies
Office of Public Affairs, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery/Freer Gallery of Art, MRC 707, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560 ($26). For full text: http://www.asia.si.edu/pujaonline.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.
Identifiers - Location: India