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Reading Notes: Extra, Extra

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The Pious Wolf:

I enjoyed the Jakatas tales with animals for the reading this week, so I just had to go read some more. This was probably my favorite of all of the stories thus far. I just LOVE how the wolf thought he might be “pious” and all until the fairy joined him on his rock as a kid. Since he failed in his pious ways, the fairy issued him another week ontop of the rock to fast. The wolf could play a part in my other ideas from previous stories with the crocodile. The roles could be switched and the crocodile could actually be the good one. He could be doing a favor for the wolf by transporting him across the water, but the wolf could have bad intentions. If so, the crocodile could throw the wolf atop a large rock surrounded by water. He could sentence him to one week of fasting to beg for forgiveness of his wrongdoing. Wolves just make such good characters with their sneaky personalities.

The Grateful Beasts and the Ungrateful Prince:

This story had a great overall meaning when the grateful beast rose above the ungrateful prince. The imagery used was fantastic, I felt as if I was there through the journey of these two. My favorite line of the whole story was: “He was a thorn in the flesh to everybody that he came across.” What a perfect way to describe how much of a pain he was to everyone he met. I don’t think I’ll create my story from this one, but this story does contain excellent vocabulary!


Brown wolf on a rock found on Flickr.

Reading Notes: Jataka Anthology

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I really enjoyed the cultural feel of all the stories in the section. They were all generally story lines that I haven’t heard of, or read. I love the buildup of the different animal characters. There are so many different versions and stories that could arise from having these animals as characters and giving them different personalities. Also, who doesn’t love animals as main characters?

Two Turtle Jatakas:

I thought the two different sides of the turtle (foolish vs. trickster). My favorite parts of these two turtle stories was the character development. It was comical to establish such personality and decision making for animals. I could use the differing turtle experiences in a new story. The turtle could be a trickster, because that’s my favorite version.

The Crocodile and the Monkey’s Heart:

Dialogue was used in this story to provide a clear relationship and development between the crocodile and monkey. Last semester I really wanted to try some writing with dialogue as the basis. So many questions can be answered through dialogue.  I also could create a new story spinning off the crocodile wanting to get the monkey’s heart. The monkey and crocodile characters could be developed more with their background providing more detail. The monkey definitely won the “wit” contest in this story by getting what he wanted and avoiding death. The crocodile thought he was being so smart by allowing transportation for the monkey who he was going to steal his heart, but what if the crocodile had a change of heart? He could develop a beneficial relationship with the monkey. I could change the story to the relationship between them growing to where they help each other out, although at first the crocodile had different intentions.

I could also join these stories together. The trickster turtle could come into plot with the crocodile and monkey. The turtle could be the one who tricks the crocodile and gives the monkey a second chance at life. That could then lead into a relationship development between the turtle and monkey. OR… The crocodile could be carrying the turtle across (though turtles can swim), and the monkey somehow comes into play. The ideas are endless here.


Turtle and Crocodile by Wikimedia Commons.

Reading Options: Ramayana and Beyond

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After searching through the many weeks with different options, I got really excited to begin a new journey. I chose three different stories that I wanted to read and my reasons as to why. I’m honestly very new at the entirety of Indian Epics. This course will definitely be eye-opening, and I look forward to learning a lot. I was a bit confused when first starting to explore reading options, as it’s different than in the mythology class.

  1. Ramayana Online: Public Domain Edition –> I used to hear Ramayana and have no idea what people were talking about. When I read through previous Storybooks for this class, my interest only grew to read about Ramayana. The first two in section A, King Dasharatha and Dasharatha’s Sons really intrigue me, because I read about them in a storybook. This version can be accessed straight from the computer, so I look forward to reading this! I also really looked into week 3, since that will be the next task, and I want to prepare myself as much as possible. I really look forward to this reading to begin the study of indian epics.
  2. Mahabharata Online: Public Domain Edition –> There are so many interesting characters involved in these readings that I’m going to have to be taking many notes. I want to know each of the characters and their contributions. I really want to grasp the reading with these. It’s hard to tell which section I’ll like best, because I have little to no knowledge of most of the characters and plot.
  3. Brahma Dreaming –> I really enjoyed all of the mythology from last semester, so I really want to use time in this class for more and more mythology. This is a must read for me that I’ll probably buy from amazon. It contains Hindus’ great gods tales, and so much more.


Image One: Battle found on Wikipedia