Angkor, Angkor Thom, Bayon. early 13th century. From Northeast, Exterior. Architecture and City Planning, temples. https://library.artstor.org/asset/ACSAA_MICHIGAN_1039619987.
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This course explores the vital role of art in spiritual expression in Asia. We investigate how art stimulates devotion, defines the sacred, and facilitates worship of the divine. We ask, what is the role of art in worship? How do we visualize the divine? What is the role of art in seeing our own faith and that of others? Looking to sacred sites and images in the Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Shinto, and Christian faiths, we aim to expand our knowledge and perceptions of the diverse arts and cultures of Asia.