Short Essay Answer Key
1. How does Boorstin describe the Hindu contribution to imaginative culture?
According to Boorstin, the Hindus worship the devas whose central god is the sun, who represents the illumination that made life and vision possible. Centered on seeing, the Hindus believe that the gods see through their eyes, and that they themselves can be filled with the gods' presence, although Boorstin says that they practice Kathenotheism, which is the practice of one god at a time.
2. How does Boorstin characterize the Confucian teachings?
According to Boorstin, Confucius taught that man could not serve the spirits because he did not know how to serve other men, and he could not know about death because he did not know about life. Focusing on what can be known and affected, the Confucian teachings focus not on changing the divine mind, but on recognizing the limits to...
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