Monday, October 6

Today is Monday. Week 7 is now over... and Week 8 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish any of the Week 7 assignments. I hope you will enjoy having a review week now that you are half-way through the course! See below for details.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 9AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. It is really important to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack. Especially during these revision weeks, I have no way of knowing that you have completed the assignment except for the email that you send me.

Week 8 Assignments. (repeat announcement) There is no new reading in Week 8, and instead there are just some review activities. You can see how that works in the Week 8 chart on the assignments page for the class you are in: Myth-Folklore and Indian Epics.

Indian Epics: Weeks 11-14. Next week, you'll be starting Narayan's Mahabharata, and then in Weeks 11-14, you have two different reading options: Buck's Mahabharata or your choice of Indian reading units from the Myth-Folklore class. You might want to to start thinking about those options now, especially if you think you will want to get a copy of Buck's book: Indian Epics: Making Your Reading Choice for Weeks 11-14.

Spring Enrollment. Enrollment will be starting soon for Spring classes, and the online classes fill up really quickly. If any of you would like to enroll in MLLL-3043 Myth-Folklore or MLLL-4993 Indian Epics for Spring, please let me know by noon this Thursday so that I can save you a space in the class for Spring.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Myth Humor: Uma Thurman, The Mundane Goddess. In this brilliant modernization, you will see Uma Thurman as Hera, living the life of a modern housewife... and badly in need of therapy!

Foreign Words in English: Today's Persian word in English is JULEP, as in "mint julep," from the Persian gulab, as also in the Indian sweet called gulab jamun. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: A Journal of Three Voyages to Utopia. In this Renaissance adventure, our bold traveler visits the land of Cockaigne and the city of Langarrow (now lost), and finally ends up in the remotest Utopia of all: Shangri-La in China.

FREE Kindle eBook: Stories From Livy by Alfred Church. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which includes the great legends of Rome's beginnings, starting with the emperors Romulus and Numa.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Life's not all beer and skittles (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Long before Skittles was the name of a candy, it was a game!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Rama and his family. You can see Rama here with Sita, his brothers, and Hanuman, too!

Monday Event on Campus: Oktober Fest Bretzen (pretzels) will be available in the first floor of the Union from 11:30AM - 12:30PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 6: William Tyndale. On this day in the year 1536, the religious scholar William Tyndale was executed. His crime was translating the Bible into English. He was strangled in a public execution, and his body was then burnt at the stake. His last words were reportedly, "Lord! Open the King of England's eyes!" (the King of England at the time was the notorious Henry VIII). You can read about Willian Tyndale's remarkable life and scholarly career in this Wikipedia article. The image below shows Tyndale at the stake:

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