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18:30 - 20:00 13 November 2014

Hinduism: Civilisations in contest and conflict

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Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre | 25 Gordon Street (link Map)
London | WC1H 0AY | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Since the 6th century BCE, Hinduism has held in creative suspension two movements so different as to merit the title of separate civilisations: one is the dominant strain of ritual, of celebration of life, of family, of children, of sexuality, of food and poetry and sculpture and the worship of many gods; and the other is the strain of philosophy, of renunciation, of the drive to become released from the cycle of rebirth, through denial of the senses, of family life, of children. These two paths lived peacefully side by side, as available options for most Hindus, until the philosophical strain developed into a new form of Hinduism under colonization in the nineteenth century; and now, in a new, Fundamentalist avatar, it has introduced an unprecedented form of repression that threatens freedom of speech in India today.

This lecture will be followed by a reception from 8-9pm.


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David Alabaster
+44 (0)20 7679 7522 | classicsoffice@ucl.ac.uk


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