A chronicle of my adventures in my last semester of teaching/colearning at the University of Oklahoma.
Thank you in advance for your feedback!
Beyond the RamayanaLesser Known Folktales and Legends ofRama, Sita, Hanuman, and Ravana
Hi Laura,I really like the formatting and aesthetic of your project! I am also very glad that you chose to elaborate more on Sita as I felt she was a bit overlooked and not given much of a spotlight considering how important of a character she is. I find it interesting that there are quite a variety of stories of how and why Sita came into existence. I also did not know that Sita seems to be the daughter of Ravana in all of these cases, making me even more glad that his kidnapping of her did not work out. It also makes a lot more sense to me of the condition that her father, King Janaka not Ravana, put in place for her marriage. I had no idea that she was capable of lifting the bow too! This makes me curious as to why she did not fight, but I assume that is because of the culture. I am glad you are providing more information to what we are reading, and I wonder if you could provide more insight into Jatayu's past? He seems like an interesting character and I believe the PDE Ramayana mentioned that he was friends with Rama's father.
Hi Laura,I love your storybook site! It is incredible how you were able to get every single story to be exactly 100 words! The stories were all so interesting to read - I loved reading about all the different versions of Sita's birth. The one that I had always thought to be the real version was that she was daughter of Mother Earth, which could explain why at the end of her life, she is swallowed into the ground to be reunited with her mother. But I found the story about Mandodari being Sita's mother to be particularly interesting, as it would mean that Ravana later abducted his daughter. The story about Rama showing Kaushalya the whole universe so much reminds me of the story of Krishna eating dirt, and then showing his mother Yashoda the whole of the universe in his mouth! I wonder if Vishnu does this intentionally during both of these incarnations? I had no idea that Hanuman wrote the entire Ramayana on leaves, and that Valmiki was upset that it was better than his own! That story really surprised me, and I love that Hanuman just ate his leaves so that Valmiki's would be the best! Thank you for giving us this wonderful collection of short stories from the Ramayana!
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Hi Laura, great job on your blog! It was great to go through your blog throughout the semester, especially your tweets. It was a great experience learning more about Ramayana and Mahabharata characters through your posts. Your posts are clear and concise, usually easy to navigate and fun to read through. I loved it that even in an online class you could create a more engaging and interactive experience through this blog!
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