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You may simply DISCUSS ANY ONE OR MORE OF THEM (food, sex, bodily fluids, women, religious practice) AS A WAY OF ILLUSTRATING how each stream of Hindu thought conceptualizes the body.<br />
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So, for example: Ascetic thought understands the body to be innately impure and distracts one from realizing that their true Self is Brahman. Thus ascetic practices tend to involve denying the body and resisting bodied activites. One such practice, common to ascetic practice, is fasting. Ascetics often fast because food is understood to tie one to the body, which, ascetics ultimately want to move beyond.”<br />
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So you can see how in that one little paragraph I utilized the ascetic perspective on food, and the practice of fasting to illustrate the overall ascetic understanding that the body is impure and a distraction from the true Self. You can pull in some citations/examples from our readings to support these claims and expand upon these ideas but that is all I am really looking for.<br />
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I realize this is a broad prompt and I dont want that to be something that stresses you out. I have left it open so that you have freedom to explore the topics and readings that you find to be the most important and compelling. I do not see any one topic as more important than another--its all a part of the conversation. Have fun with this; dont stress out.<br />
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There are only two requirements of your paper:<br />
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1) Explore (using whatever topics and texts from class you find to be most interesting or important) how ascetic, householder and Tantric Shakta thought variously characterize the body<br />
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(--so give me at least three solid body paragraphs, one each for ascetic thought, householder thought and Tantric Shakta thought, explaining how the body is characterized by each stream).<br />
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2) Consider (and just a sentence is fine) how each perspective on the body shapes understandings of women. So something as simple as, Because women are often associated with the body due to their monthly menstruation and their ability to give birth, when ascetic thought denigrates the body, it also denigrates women who are associated with the body”. Thats it.