You have two classic South Asian readings and a few questions to tackle today. The responses you write will become part of your L13 lesson notes. You should write the responses using an online application like Google Docs/ MS Office Web Apps. Then, save the document as a PDF and deposit into the Box.net folder that you share with Mr.V for evaluation. Use the writing template found in Mr.V’s “Mobile Docs” folder.
A copy of your responses should be printed at home and placed with L13- Hinduism Origins. If the assignment isn’t completed by the end of the period, please complete it at home. Mr.V will retrieve the assignment from your Box.net folder by (NOT ‘on’) 12 Nov.
Reminder: All assignments deposited in the Box.net folder you share with Mr.V should remain there for safe-keeping and future reference. DO NOT REMOVE THEM.
1. Read the brief (3 paragraph) description of the Ramayana, one of the great epic poems to come from South Asia, or any other place.
- What do you suppose is an epic poem?
- What is the Ramayana about?
- Aside from being entertaining, could there be another purpose for such a literary work?
2. Read Dharma: The Imperative of Caste Law on pages 71 – 73. Respond to questions 1 – 4, which are re-written for you below.
- Why should Arjuna not grieve for those whom he might kill
- Why should one perform one’s caste-duty in a totally disinterested fashion?
- According to Krishna what constitutes sins? What is evil?
- What hope, if any, does this theological message hold out to the lowest elements of Hindu society?
Reading Source: The Human Record. Volume 1, Fourth Edition.
- Incarnation: Embodiment (representation in the ‘flesh’) of a divinity on Earth.
- Avatar: An incarnation, appearance, or manifestation on Earth of a divinity.