This course will cover archaic religions, ie, religions which do not have a scripture but rather an oral and artistic tradition. Most of these are tribal in nature and it will take examples around the world. Following that, we will look at the religions of India, China, Tibet and Japan. Hinduism (a general name for many religions in India) look to the Vedas, the oldest written scriptures in the world, for their inspiration. Many different sects have formed around these scriptures. Buddhism, its founder, its tenants and some of the many offshoots which developed over the following centuries will be covered. This will include Tibet, which is unique in it approach to Buddhist teachings. The religions of China, Confucian and Taoist, as well as its Buddhist schools, which were changed quite radically in China, will be discussed. Finally, Japan with Shinto and Buddhist schools as well as some "new" religions that have developed in the past two centuries will be covered.