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Course Description

This course examines the related concepts of karma (action and its
consequences), and rebirth (the transmigration of souls, or metempsychosis),
in the religious traditions of Indian origin, including Hinduism, Buddhism,
Jainism, and Sikhism. The course also examines concepts of karma and
rebirth in East Asian religions and in Euro-American new religions, and
concepts of metempsychosis in ancient Greece, early Christianity, and
other religious traditions. Special topics include karma and medical ethics
(abortion, euthanasia, suicide, cloning, organ donation); karma and the
popular culture (cinema and television, science fiction and fantasy).


Student Karma and Rebirth Websites:

Andrew Elden's Karma and Rebirth Information Website
Archna Eniasivam's Karma and Rebirth Website
Felipe Bohnet-Gomez's Karma and Rebirth Website
Richard Hillesheim's Karma and Rebirth Website


Previously Offered:

Spring 2000, Spring 2002


Next Offered:

Spring 2004


To Register

Washington University Online Course Catalog

WebSTAC (online course registration)


Also of Potential Interest

ReSt 3393 "Miracles, Marvels, and Magic"

ReSt 470 [UC] "Topics in Religious Studies:
Middle-Earth and Bharata-Varsha"
CompLit 4705

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Notes and Links

[This page is under development; recommendations are welcome! Please contact Jerome Bauer]

[Note: Neither I nor anyone else at Washington University necessarily recommends these links]


Bibliographic Resources:

Folklore and Folklife Bibliographic Resources

VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
PN1992.95 .V554 Olin Level A Stacks
Washington University Library has: 1993, 1995, 1999.
Note: I have the 2002 edition in my office, Prince 210; you are welcome to use it!

DesiCompany: Indian Video and DVD online rentals

The Gods Have Landed: New Religions From Other Worlds
Lewis, James R., ed. 1995. Albany: SUNY Press. ISBN 0-7914-2330-1 (pb : alk paper)
U526 .G63 1995 Olin Level B Stacks

From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural
Clark, Lynn Schofield. 2003. New York: Oxford University Press
[Ordered for the Washington University Library]



Download Software to Uncover Past Lives

Karma Removal Astrology

Vedic, Ayurvedic, and Astrological Associations in North America

Sanskrit Manuscripts Online


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[Old Souls 1]

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[Popular Culture Study (Science Fiction, Fantasy, TV, Cinema) 3]

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[Predestination 3]

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[Work Ethics 2]

[X-Files 2]

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