Monday, September 21

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 the final Week 4 assignments. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is again the Middle East and India, while in Indian Epics, you will be starting the Mahabharata.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. On Sunday evening I tried to keep up with all the projects as they were coming in for Myth-Folklore and Indian Epics, and I'll keep adding to those class lists when I get to work on Monday. So, on Monday morning, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment, and then I'll start reading the assignments in the order they were turned in, sending you back comments in the email. THANK YOU for all your great work over the past few weeks: now there are websites and portfolios that will be the best part of the semester! Very exciting!

Indian Epics Reading. For Week 5, you will be starting the Mahabharata, and the schedule works very much like with the Ramayana. In Weeks 5-6, you will spend two weeks getting to know the epic, choosing either Narayan's book or a Public Domain Edition online. Then, in Week 7, you'll look at another version of the Mahabharata (book, graphic novel, or comic books). Let me know if you have any questions as you get started on this new epic. I hope you will like it: the Ramayana is great, but I like the Mahabharata even better; I'm curious what you will think!

Myth-Folklore Reading. For Week 5, it's a choice of the Middle East or India again. I hope you will enjoy the readings!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Science and Science Fiction. I thought this might be a good cartoon for the many science majors in this class!

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are DEFINITELY and DEFIANTLY. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Shadows of the Ishvara: A Search for the Truth. Where are the gods in the modern world? In this Storybook a young man in possession of a sword inscribed with the word "TRUTH" goes on a quest for the gods, meeting Brahma, Vishnu, Yama and, finally, Shiva.

Free Book Online: Folktales of the Khasis by K. U. Rafy. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book — and there's a video below featuring a Khasi singer.

India Comic Book: Ghatotkacha: The Chivalrous Demon. This blog post provides a detailed reading guide for this Mahabharata comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell: it's about the extraordinary son of the hero Bhima and his rakshasi lover, Hidimbi.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The chariot will not move upon a single wheel (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. This saying comes from the ancient Sanskrit collection of stories called the Hitopadesha.

Today's Video: Maati Baani: Dhaai Aaakhar Naam. This video from Maati Baani features Rida Gatphoh who wrote the Khasi lyrics to the song along with a rap by Lilly Singh, a.k.a. Superwoman. You can see the lyrics and learn more about the song at the YouTube page, and you can read some Khasi folktales at the Myth-Folklore UnTextbook!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is working hard because... It takes work to build a masterpiece. Details at the blog.

Events on Campus: Here is an item from Justin in Myth-Folklore: There is a Pre-Med Club meeting from 6PM - 7PM Dale 200, with free pizza too!

Also, there will be a Peace Corps Career Workshop from 4PM - 5PM in 230 Kaufman Hall (details).

September 21. This is the Radha Ashtami Vrat, also known as Radha Jayanti, the holiday honoring the birthday of Radha, Krishna's beloved consort. You can find out more about Radha and about the union of Radha-Krishna at Wikipedia. The image below shows Krishna together with Radha (Wikimedia Commons):

Note: You can page back through the 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.