PRIMARY SOURCE: Ramayana The story of Prince Rama is one of the great epics of ancient India, involving gods, heroes, and evil spirits in exciting adventures. Stories from the Ramayana still are popular today in folk theaters, dances, and puppet shows throughout South Asia. A central theme of the story is the perfect love and marriage of Prince Rama and Princess Sita. This excerpt, in a modern retelling by Indian author R. K. Narayan, describes their first meeting, in the city of Mithila. ◆ As you read, notice the mood and setting of the story.
Ch. 3: Hinduism & Buddhism notes
This issue of Bill of Rights in Action examines codes, customs, and laws from ancient India. The article explores a unique monarch’s change of heart in ancient India.
A condensed history of India, post-Indus Valley Civilization. Hinduism and the origins of Buddhism. Reign of Ashoka, the Buddhist emperor who, in spite of Buddhism's structural disapproval of violence, managed to win a bunch of battles.
Rama, the protagonist of the Ramayana, one of India’s oldest stories. We’re going to be talking about Rama’s importance to Hindu culture, and how Rama fits into Campbell’s idea of the Hero’s Journey. Although, Rama may not even be the hero.
The complex Indian pantheon, focusing on stories that were written in Sanskrit. We start with a violent creation story. Concept of Brahman, and the personification as three deities: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
Mohenjo Daro, built at the time of the pyramids and centuries before the Roman Baths, was the largest city of the Indus Civilization. Learn facts about this ancient city, including engineering feats like the Great Bath.
Indus Valley Civilization, one of the largest of the ancient civilizations.
Where the Indus River Valley meets Bollywood!