Thursday, October 19, 2006

Strange

In lieu of posting anything of real substance, due to time shortage, I give you a rather strange anecdote. At UGA (my alma mater and Hannah's current school) the religion department is rather small, and there are not a whole lot of religion classes for the graduate students to take. Hannah is in an undergraduate religion class (a whole other interesting post. . . ) for an elective, and her graduate student instructor was telling the class that graduate religion students have essentially infinite flexibility of options when choosing a concentration for their religion major, due to the shortage of grad classes offered. Here are two rather bizarre emphases:

One grad student has chosen a religion major with an emphasis on religious rites of passage that involve tatooing.

Another grad student has chosen a religion major with a focus on television depictions of religious rituals that involve the smashing of pumpkins.

Yep, and they're actually getting letters after their names for that! Ah, the great bastion that is our public higher education system. . .

6 comments:

Adrian C. Keister said...

No under-water basket-weaving major? I'm disappointed...

In Christ.

Ashley said...

Sweet. I want to go to UGA. It sounds like I can get my grad degree in only a few classes. ;-)

une_fille_d'Ève said...

One grad student has chosen a religion major with an emphasis on religious rituals that involve tatooing.

Not to be picky or anything but it's actually religious rites of passage that involve tatooing.

:-)

Susan said...

Oh, fine, fine. I'll change that if Blogger will let me. *grrrs at irritating (but free!) blogging service*

The Happy Feminist said...

The one involving the smashing of pumpkins sounds weird. The tatoo-ing one sounds legit, since I imagine there are a number of societies in which tatoos are a part of religious ritual. It seems worthwhile to me to understand what that's all about.

(Also don't forget the Church of Body Modification. A woman in Massachusetts sued her employer, Costco, because she said Costco's requirement that she cover her tatoos violated her freedom of religion. She had taken a vow to the Church of Body Modification to always display her tatoos in public.)

Susan said...

The Church of Body Modification? Never heard of that. That's, um, imteresting :).