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Homework answers / question archive / HIS151 Final Exam Part 1 Final Exam (Part 1 of 2 – Part 2 will be released later) Part One: Why Buddhism but not Hinduism? (100 pts) India was the if not one of two dynamic centers throughout most of our course

HIS151 Final Exam Part 1 Final Exam (Part 1 of 2 – Part 2 will be released later) Part One: Why Buddhism but not Hinduism? (100 pts) India was the if not one of two dynamic centers throughout most of our course

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HIS151 Final Exam Part 1

Final Exam (Part 1 of 2 – Part 2 will be released later)

Part One: Why Buddhism but not Hinduism? (100 pts)

India was the if not one of two dynamic centers throughout most of our course. It not only generated tremendous economic wealth but created and disseminated cultural and religious values that expanded to define much of Asia, including SE Asia, Vietnam, China, Korea, and Japan. Yet, India’s present-day defining faith, Hinduism, was not the one that found broad appeal in the regions just listed. Why?

 

            Using the Bhagavad Gita and your knowledge of world history before 1500 CE, write a dialogue between you and me, in which we discuss how and why Buddhism appealed so broadly outside of India whereas Hinduism, the religious tradition from which Buddhism emerged (and which shares most of the defining and central ideas of Hinduism) did not.  

 

            Major hint: DO NOT claim that Hinduism didn’t appeal to other people because it was “complicated.” Why? 1) because most religions are complicated, 2) Buddhism is “complicated” to a similar degree as Hinduism and it spread just fine, and 3) don’t be intellectually lazy. Think in terms of context. Consider when and why Hinduism emerged as it did within the Gita. What was it responding to? To whom was it trying to appeal? And then even more importantly, consider what other social, cultural, economic, political, etc. factors are needed for Hinduism to thrive.

 

Requirements:

            -The following vocab terms/concepts must be discussed

                        Dharma

Karma

Moksha

Explain why Hindu gods manifest themselves in multiple forms

-Our conversation should reference the Gita at least three (3) times, with specific quotes/references from the poem itself (not the introduction by Miller)

-Our dialogue should be informed by the Gita, and class discussion (on Laulima), without relying on helper/summary websites

                        Overreliance on outside sources will result in a penalty for your score

 

There is no word minimum or maximum for this component of the exam. Make it as short or long as it needs to be to answer the prompt and achieve these requirements 

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