Saturday, October 5

Today is Saturday of Week 7. I hope you are having a nice weekend! If you did not finish up the end-of-week assignments on Friday, you need to do that today or tomorrow, Sunday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

New Responding groups. (repeat announcement) The blog responding groups have been shuffled around again this week  so you should see one or even two new people in your group. There is also a "getting to know you" extra credit assignment where you can read additional posts from the people in your new group. Details about the extra credit assignment are included in the regular assignment instructions!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Nina Paley: Sita Sings the Blues
. The people in Indian Epics have now finished two versions of the Ramayana ... so I wanted to share a third version: a feature-length animated film version of the Ramayana by Nina Paley entitled Sita Sings the Blues. People in Indian Epics might enjoy seeing this Sita-oriented take on the epic story, and those of you in Myth-Folklore could use this wonderful film as a way to get to know one of the world's great epics. You can view the movie for free since Nina Paley has made the film available online to everyone. As she explains at the website: From the shared culture it came, and back into the shared culture it goes.

Featured Storybook: Legends of Fire. In this Storybook, four dragon-hunters who have traveled the globe in quest of dragons gather together to share their stories.

FREE Kindle eBook: Myths and Legends of China by Edward Theodore Chalmers Werner. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is He that hunts two hares will catch neither (a French proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. It's a proverb about the perils of multitasking!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Rama's Return to Ayodhya after the exile is over and the demon Ravana has been defeated.

October 5: Navaratri. Today marks the beginning of the autumn observance of the "Nine Nights" Festival (and ten days) which are dedicated in Hinduism to the worship of Devi, the goddess in all her forms, especially as Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. The date of Navaratri (also called Navratri) depends on the lunar calendar, and in 2013, the fall Navaratri begins on October 5. You can read more about the festival at Wikipedia and at Hinduism. Here is some Navaratrai wallpaper!

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed.