Monday, February 9

Today is Monday. Week 4 is now over... and Week 5 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish any of the Week 4 assignments. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is again the Middle East or India, and in Indian Epics you have a second week of Buck's Ramayana. I hope you will enjoy the readings!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. As always on Monday, I will have a HUGE bunch of assignments in the 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 8AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will then start reading the assignments in the order they were turned in. Please do not go on to the Week 5 Project assignment until you get Week 4 comments back from me. I'll be updating the stack as I make my way through the assignments!

Late Storybooks. Each week, the Project assignment is the only assignment that can be turned in late, and that's because I cannot get all the Projects returned immediately. For details about turning in a late Project assignment, see the Project assignments page.

Indian Epics Reading. For Week 5, you continue reading William Buck's English version of Valmiki's Ramayana. Then, in Week 6 you will decide if you want to carry on with Buck's Ramayana or if you want to do some other Indian story reading in Weeks 6 and 7, choosing from the Indian units in the Myth-Folklore UnTextbook.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Keep Going. Good advice from Sam Levenson: Don't watch the clock. Do what it does: KEEP GOING.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is PANIC, from the name of the Greek god Pan. For details, see this blog post. So, per the previous item: keep going... and don't panic!

Featured Storybook: Tale of the Traveling Cat. Join Duke, the time-traveling cat, as he visits ancient Egypt and Japan; he even visits Muhammad in Arabia, who mistakes Duke for his beloved cat Muezza.

FREE eBook: Folklore of the Santal Parganas by Cecil Henry Bompas. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. There are almost two hundred stories in here, so the selections for the UnTextbook unit actually provides just a tiny glimpse into the Santal storytelling world!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A barley corn is better than a diamond to a cock (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. There is an Aesop's fable on this same theme, but not everybody agrees with this proverbial moral!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Life in the Forest during the time of Rama's exile.

Monday Event on Campus: Sunrise Tippeconnie, a Comanche and Navajo artist and filmmaker, will give at talk at 3PM in 145 Zarrow Hall as part of the College of Arts and Sciences' Oklahoma Contemporary Native Artists lecture series. (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.