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There are 36 lectures:<br/><br/>1. The Roots of Religious Experience<br/>2. Neanderthal Burials at Shanidar<br/>3. Hunting Magic in Sacred Caves<br/>4. Myths of the Shaman<br/>5. Realm of the Mother Goddess<br/>6. Mysteries of the Megaliths<br/>7. Towers and Tombs of Sumeria<br/>8. Tomb of the First Emperor of China<br/>9. Feasting with the Dead at Petra<br/>10. Druid Sacrifice at Lindow Moss?<br/>11. Honoring Ancestors in Ancient Ohio<br/>12. A Viking Queen Sails to Eternity<br/>13. Dancing with Bulls at Knossos<br/>14. Oracle Bones in Ancient China<br/>15. Sun and Sexuality in Early Scandinavia<br/>16. Apollo Speaks at Klaros<br/>17. Chalice of Blood in Ancient Peru<br/>18. Decoding Rituals at Palenque<br/>19. Temple of the Goddess on Malta<br/>20. The Aten—Monotheism in Egypt<br/>21. Deities of the Acropolis<br/>22. Gods and Pyramids at Teotihuacan<br/>23. Sacred City on the Mississippi<br/>24. Sun and Shadow at Machu Picchu<br/>25. Celestial Gateway at Giza<br/>26. Cosmic Hub at Stonehenge<br/>27. Desert Lines at Nazca<br/>28. Skywatchers at Chaco Canyon<br/>29. Mountain of the Gods at Angkor<br/>30. The Stone Heads of Easter Island<br/>31. Tending Zoroaster's Sacred Fire in Iran<br/>32. Writing the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran<br/>33. Taking Religions Underground at Rome<br/>34. Forging Iron at Jenne-jeno on the Niger<br/>35. Carving Monasteries at Ajanta in India<br/>36.Faiths Lost and Found
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
The lecture series covers several early religious traditions but the course lacked a unified idea for a consistent perspective. Somewhat broad but nothing is covered in depth. A bit disappointing but I did learn some items.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Learned but accessible. Great delivery. Hugely enjoyable and informative. Shows clearly the common elements of religions and their origins throughout human history an across the globe. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This has it all: the reading, storytelling, vast subject, new and fresh insights. Highly recommended
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Having mainly stayed in the history department of the great courses this is my first foray into the religious aspect of world history and culture. a thoroughly entertaining and informative introduction across the breadth of ancient and modern religion from the archaeological perspective.
The course covers a brief history of the world from the archeological view.
Covers a range of places from all continents.
I am not sure now, but I think Harappa mohenjodaro site was missed out. Was it not a source of religious practices?
The definitely gave me new perspectives and some facts.
The reading is a bit slow and this is a long course. I put it at 1.25x speed.
Definitely recommend it to all.