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A taste of Hinduism for Sydney students

india Updated: Mar 03, 2007 23:58 IST

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Hinduism, one of the oldest religions of the world, is now a subject of study at the University of Sydney.

Julian Droogan, a lecturer with the department of studies in religion, will take a group of his students for a tour of the local Sri Venkateswara temple to introduce them to the vibrant, dynamic and colourful world of Hinduism.

The tour will help them to understand the significance of art, architecture and symbols in the Hindu religion and culture, major gods, their incarnations and the use of gestures and facial expressions, and the functions of the temple, according to Indian Link, an ethnic magazine.

To understand how Indian culture and Hinduism are becoming significant in 21st century Australia, Droogan and his students will also hold a discussion with Brahmin pundits at the temple.

"With more travel to India, exposure to people of Indian heritage living here in Australia and to the Indian media, many Australians would now like to move beyond some of the known stereotypes and cliques of Hindu India (colourful 'fakirs', caste and spiritual yogis) and attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the varied and complex cultures of Hindu and non-Hindu India," said Droogan.