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Week 5 Story

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The rakshasa sat there questioning if they should really do what they needed to do. They feared the mighty Kumbhakarna, as he was one hundred times their size. He had the capabilities of eating an entire village's people, their animals, their food, and their food's food. And it would only serve as an appetizer to his ferocious self. They sat there questioning if this was the right idea and all they could think about was his rage and anger, more importantly his desire to eat. "go and wake thee, before Rama kills us!" So a rakshasa went. "Wake up! Wake up! Rama is coming to kill us and we need your help!"Kumbhakarna did not budge. The roar of a hundred lions could not wake him. The only thing to wake the giant was the smell of his favorite food, goat stew. The rakshasa went and told the tribe he would not wake."He will not budge! We need goat stew, his favorite food!"Unfortunately in the town there was a shortage of goats, as they had all migrated d…

Reading Notes: Sita Sings the Blues Part A & B

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Reading Notes: Bibliography - Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley
Sita pregnant with Rama's twins, Lava and Kusha


Honestly, there was not much to note in this video in my opinion, but it was very interesting to see the plot played out in action. I had visuals in my head of what happened when reading the Ramayana before, but this helped me in transforming the words into images. I enjoyed how the story was told through the perspective of Sita, and her way of expressing herself in the video was through songs which was also different than the readings. I think this was a unique way of expressing the story. I also noticed the narration over the story in between the different scenes. This was a good addition as it gave more context as to what was happening and sometimes the narrators expressed their opinions on what was happening. Hearing another perspective and discussion between the three narrators was great to get a deeper understanding of how others may view the story, and how opinion…

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Week 4 Lab

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Story Book Research Festivals and Holidays:Holi -  festival of colorscelebrates good over eviloriginated in India, but due to people moving, has spread across the worldthe festival lasts a night and a day, and starts on the night of a full moon and continues into the following dayThe night Holi stars, people gather around a bonfire and perform religious rituals that are meant to cleanse the body of all evil.the morning after, people celebrate by throwing color stained powders at each other and wear colorful outfits. Friends, enemies, man, woman, children, everyone participates in the color fights, which makes for quite the aesthetic. People celebrate with certain intoxicants, one being a drink that originates from cannabis, which leads to quite the jolly timeafter the day is over, families and relatives get together and enjoy the night with each others presence. KrishnaThe history of Holi can be dated back to Krishna. When Krishna was a baby, he had been poisoned by drinking the breast…

Reading Notes: PDE Ramayana Part D

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 Ramayana Part D:Ravana tries to trick Sita into thinking Rama was killed, fakeGaruda heals Rama and his army, they too are enemies of Ravana's peopleKumbhakarna is woken from his slumber once a yeareats lots of fooddestroys people drinks wineis then killed by Rama's arrowHanuman is sent to the Himalayas to acquire a healing herb for the armyRavana's son is slain, he seeks vengeancewants to kill SitaLaksmana is pierced with an arrow by Ravana, Hanuman arrives with the himalayan herbs and saves himRama gets assistance from the God's above and is sent backup to kill RavanaRama uses a flaming bow that was given to him by Brahma and kills Ravana. The city and the God's rejoiceRama questions taking Sita back because she resided in the house of Ravana for so longSita is sent into a fire as a test, to see if she is still pure.her loyalty is provenRama takes her backRama returns after 14 years and is finally crowned KingSita was exiled by Rama because people in the communi…

Reading Notes: PDE Ramayana Part C

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 Ramayana Part C:Sugriva, a monkey-king, will now help Rama find SitaSugriva and his brother Vali are enemies now after an incident where Sugriva accidentally trapped Vali because he believed he was dead.Vali stole his wife in hatredVali's mother does not want him to fight knowing Rama will be thereRama ambushes Vali while he fights Sugrivaviolent death for Vali arrow kills himRama sits in the forest, his heart longs for SitaJatayu's brother (bird) tells Sugriva's monkeys that Sita is in LankaSampati and Jatyumy favorite storyHanuman finds the palace of Ravana, filled with jewels and women, but no SitaSita is found in some trees, guarded by demonsRavana threatens to torture Sita and kill her if she does not obey his commandsHanuman is capturedHanuman's tail was set on fireHanuman sets fire to Lanka, but finds sita safely at the trees. Vibhishana, the brother of Ravana, advises that they return Sita to Rama otherwise Lanka and its people would die. Ravana scolds him and…

Feedback Strategies

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My favorite topic from the feedback gallery was fill in the gaps. I sometimes struggle with leaving important pieces out, or putting too much unnecessary stuff in, so it would be nice for someone to let me know. I also like the idea of asking questions, as it engages the authors mind towards putting more thought and reason into their story. The Be a mirror - I liked this article because it emphasized the growth mindset, and how we should be trying to let go of a fixed mindset. I have read this same idea many times across multiple different courses now, so it is really starting to stick in my head. I personally have been trying to take on hardships as challenges from a positive perspective rather than a negative. The difference between praise and feedback - This article focuses on as the title says, the difference between praise and feedback. When we emphasize how hard someone works, it can help them grow rather than telling them good job. The article says, “Kids are thrilled by the id…