The meaning of light: symbolism and religious objects in world faiths
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HRS39
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
World religions and the objects associated with light, from different faiths and festivals.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Using museum objects to promote discussion we will discover the symbols, objects and stories associated with light in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and to a lesser extent other world faiths such as Jainism and Zoroastrianism.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Know about the main festivals, stories, objects and symbols associated with light in world religions.
See how these objects have been designed to reflect their purpose.
Have a better knowledge of museum collections such as the light-related cultural objects at the V&A.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course suitable for those who have no previous knowledge or for those who may have a little general knowledge or know about their own faith and would like to learn about others. Learners from all faiths or no faith are welcome.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be a presentation / online tour divided into the different faiths. We will have breakout rooms to discuss after each section and for participants to contribute. An awareness of you own cultural background and a willingness to share your experiences would add to the enjoyment of the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
An object or picture/ photo related to the theme that you would like to share and discuss with the group is an option.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see our website for full details about upcoming courses in religion and belief.