Monday, September 28

Today is Monday. Week 5 is now over... and Week 6 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the final Week 5 assignments. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is Asian or African stories, and in Indian Epics you will be finishing the Mahabharata. 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, and then 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.

Project Commenting. In Week 6, you will start commenting on other people's projects! After the grace period this morning, I'll be able to set up random project commenting groups like the blog groups, and I'll update this blog post when those are ready.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Just for Fun: Medieval Beasts That Cannot Even Handle It Right Now. This is my favorite Buzzfeed of all time! Here's just one example: This dragon has LITERALLY NOT ONE CLUE why everybody has frogs coming out of their mouths.

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

Featured Storybook: Tokyo Underworld. Orimi works for the Urban Legend Department of the Tokyo police force, and she has a gruesome murder to solve. You'll have to pay close attention while she interrogates Teke-Teke, Tanuki, Kuchisake-Onna, Jinmenken, and The Professor if you want to find the murderer!

Free Book Online: Myths and Legends of China by E.T.C. Werner. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book: you will find the Monkey-King here along with many other Chinese legends.

India Comic Book: Tales of Yudhishthira: Justice for the Pandava. This blog post provides a detailed reading guide for this comic book about the eldest of the Pandava brothers, Yudhishthira.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A cloth is not woven from a single thread (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is such a lovely metaphor for storytelling, and also for life itself!

Today's Video: Urashima Taro. Some of you in Myth-Folklore may be reading the story of Urashima Taro this week; here is a shadow puppet presentation of that story.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is ready to face any obstacle: Obstacles teach you to leap higher. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: OU Secular Students will be having a Study Night in Bizzell 108E (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 28: Pitru Paksha. This is a 16-day period of the year in which Hindus make offerings to their ancestors (Pitrs); it follows the Ganesha festival each year. You can read in Wikipedia about the legend that connects this ritual to Karna, a hero of the Mahabharata. This image shows one of the rituals associated with Pitru Paksha, an offering of water to the ancestors:

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.