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Course Schedule for RELIGIOUS STUDIES - January 2018
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1015 RELG-370-01 West Africa Abroad 0.50 SEM Landry, Timothy TBA TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  NOTE: This course includes travel to West Africa. Please contact the Study Away Office for approval.
  Students taking this course will travel to West Africa to explore the religious and cultural lives ofpeople living in Bénin. The course provides lived ethnographic experiences and training to students interested in Bénin’s rich history, diverse religious traditions, and cultural practices. Students will examine the ebb and flow of Dahomey, the country’s most powerful and famous African empire; experience rituals and ceremonies used by Vodúnisants to mobilize the spirit worlds to heal their families; and observe how Béninois venerate their dead using elaborate masquerades during which the ancestors are reanimated to dance in spectacular displays of power. This course will serve as both an ethnographic field school and an opportunity to experience Africa's vibrant Cultures while living with African people.