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Indian Epics Reading: Weeks 3 and 4 - Ramayana.


Last week, everybody in class read the same Anthology of Buddhist jataka tales, and this week you will begin the first of the great Indian epics: the Ramayana, about the hero Rama who is an avatar of the god Vishnu. Instead of everybody reading the same thing, though, you will have a choice of THREE different versions of the Ramayana to read (there are literally hundreds of different versions of Rama's epic story). Last week you chose which version you are going to read, and if you want you can review that choice now: RAMAYANA OPTIONSIf you are not sure what to choose and/or have any questions, let me know and I will provide more information that might help.


Reading Notes posts. Just like last week, you will be writing up your reading notes in a blog post, and you will use those notes in order to retell your own version of the Ramayana's events. For details about the Reading Notes posts, see this page: Reading Notes Guidelines. The key thing is to READ THE WHOLE PART, but only take notes on the specific character/episode(s) that you think you will want to retell as your own story.


Four Parts: A-B-C-D. Each of the Ramayana options is divided up into four parts.


Tiny Tales Edition. In this edition, Part A is stories 1-50, Part B is stories 51-100, Part C is stories 101-150, and Part D is stories 151-200. The website provides illustrations and notes; audio and other formats here.


Narayan's Ramayana. In this edition, Part A goes through Dasharatha's death, Part B goes through the golden deer episode, Part C goes through Hanuman's leap, and Part D is the conclusion. (You can use that guide as you make your way through the paperbook/Kindle.)


Public Domain Edition. In this edition, Part A is sections 1-20, Part B is sections 21-40, Part C is sections 41-60, and Part D is sections 61-80. (The audio is integrated with the blog posts.)


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WEEK 3: Read Parts A-B. During Week 3, you will read Part A and Part B. Each of those counts as a separate reading assignment, so you will read all of Part A and then write up your Notes, and then you will read Part B and write up your Notes. That way you will be ready for a Storytelling assignment based on your favorite episode from the Ramayana reading in Week 3.


WEEK 4 Read Parts C-D. Then, in Week 4, it works the same way: you will read Part C for your first reading assignment of the week, writing up a Notes post; then you will read Part D for the second reading assignment with a Notes post.


If you get off schedule, that's okay! If you miss Reading A or B during Week 3, just use the extra credit reading option to make up what you missed, and you will be on track to start Week 4 with Part C of the reading. If you miss Part C or Part D in Week 4, you can again use the extra credit reading option so that you can finish the Ramayana by the end of Week 4, or you can finish up in Week 5. As long as you are finished in time to start the Mahabharata in Week 6, that works!


Extra credit reading. The extra credit reading is also useful if you want to learn more! For example, there are lots of Ramayana comic books with more legends about the main characters: the family history of Ravana, for example, or the story of Ravana's evil magician son, Mahiravana. There are also lots of other comic books in Bizzell, plus free books to read online. The more you read, the more you learn! So, I would highly recommend that you explore the extra credit reading options to see what you might enjoy.



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