The Mahabharata as a lens for learning about Hinduism
Lecture by Dr Brian Black, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University. This lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Oriental Museum, as part of the 2017/18 series.
Stories are one of the main ways in which Hindu traditions communicate and explore ideas, beliefs, and values. Unlike a set of rules or statements, narratives give a context for ideas, demonstrating how religious doctrines can be enacted and challenged in real-life situations. They also illustrate the complexity of ideas, as they demand an engagement from the audience and remain open to a variety of different readings and interpretations. In this talk, Brian will demonstrate how the Mahabharata is an ideal entry point for students at GCSE and A Level into learning about one of the world’s most complex and dynamic religious traditions.
This lecture is open to all. Lectures are free to Friends. For visitors the cost is £3 (£1 concession).