Thursday, February 27, 2020

PDE Mahabharata Reading Notes: Part D

SourceIndian Myth and Legend by Donald A. Mackenzie (1913)

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Suddenly the waters began to heave and foam
- Vyasa muttered holy words and called out the names of the dead one by one
- all the heroes who had been slain arose one by one
- they all came in chariots and on horseback and riding upon lordly elephants
- uttered triumphant cries
drums were sounded and trumpets were blown
- seemed as if the armies of the Pandavas and Kauravas were once again assembled for battle, for they swept over the river like a mighty tempest
 All strife had ended between kinsmen and old-time rivals; in death there was peace and sweet companionship
The elders who were living conversed with those who were dead
- burdens of grief and despair fell from all hearts after long years of mourning
- past was suddenly forgotten in the rapture of beholding those who had died

Story idea:
Using this ritual as part of the story or incorporating part of the dead coming alive and the celebration to follow.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

PDE Mahabharata Reading Notes: Part C

Duryodhana. Image source: Wikipedia 

Preparations for War
- Duryodhana refusing to make peace with the Pandava brethren, despite the warnings of the sages who sat around the MaharajahDhritarashtra.

Idea for story:
- to create a scene and character that is similar to Duryodhana

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

PDE Mahabharata Reading Notes: Part A

Vyasa dictates to Ganesha source: Wikipedia 

Vyasa and Ganesha 

  • Vyasa is the author of the Mahabharata & arranged the Vedas that contained everything that man out to know of thing on earth and in heaven
  •  anxious for someone to write it down but declared that no one on earth is worthy of such a task 
  • Vyasa repeated it to a disciple who then recited it at a snake sacrifice 

The story of Vyasa's birth: 
  • King of Chedi that was devoted to asceticism & the gods feared he sought to rob them of their powerr
  • Indra was sent to bribe with a crystal car that was capable of carrying him through the sky
  • As he was flying through the sky, his semen fell into the the river & was swallowed by a female fish 
    • 10 month later the fish was caught & out came a boy and a girl
  • the king took the boy after the fishermen showed him what he found
    • the girl was left to be the fishermen's wife 
  • Upon ferrying across the river, the rishi persuaded the girl to yield his embrace & promised she'd remain a virgin & lose her fishy smell 
  • a child was born on an island 
    • called Dwaipayana (island bloom)
      • called Vyasa due to arranging the Vedas 

Friday, February 14, 2020

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Week 5: The Diary of Tara

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Image information: Dear Diary. Source: Flickr

Dear Diary,

There has been so much that has occurred. I am now with Vali instead of Sugriva. On a night when Vali chased an enemy into the moonlight, Sugriva was left to stand watch. However, Sugriva claims he thought that Vali had been killed... from Vali's side of the story, the hole of the cavern had been filled up with a mountain top, making it difficult for Vali to get out. Once he did, though, Vali returned to the kingdom and took me from my husband and made me his own. I'm not sure how I feel about this.. this entire situation just doesn't seem right.

xo Tara

Dear Diary,

I am very suspicious of Sugriva.. I have a bad feeling in my stomach about he and Rama becoming allies. If this is true, there could be terrible fate ahead. I don't know what to do! Vali is so stubborn that I feel like if I tried to warn him, he wouldn't listen. BUT SUGRIVA IS MY KING'S BROTHER! Why must he betray his loyalty?

xo Tara

Dear Diary,

SO MUCH has happened today! I tried so hard to keep Vali away from starting war with Sugriva. I tried several times to tell my king about my knowledge of Sugriva and Rama becoming allies and that he should not go try to find him, for there could be terrible fate, but he would not listen to me... instead, Vali has stormed off to find Sugriva and fight him until the death! I don't know what to do! I can't help from thinking the absolute worst possible scenario! What if I lose Vali?! I can't live without him! I'm praying, praying, praying that Vali stays safe and defeats Sugriva.

xo Tara

Dear Diary,

MY KING! MY KING VALI... he has been slain by the hands of Rama!! Upon Sugriva and Vali beginning to fight, Rama came out from hiding behind trees and shot my Vali with an arrow shot from his bow! My king's own brother has betrayed him! What shall I do?! I am widowed! I am alone! What ever will I do without my King Vali by my side?!

a brokenhearted Tara

Authors note: 
I thought that telling the story of Vali's death through the eyes of Tara would be interesting because of how invested and dramatic that she is throughout the story.
Bibliography: PDE Ramayama. Sugriva's Story  Sugriva and Vali  & Vali's Death 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Reading Notes: Narayan's Ramayana, Section D

Focusing on content: 

The Bridge
Narayan's Ramayana 

Image: Rama and Vanar chiefs. Source: Wikipedia 

- a group of people living in forests 
- help Rama defeat Ravana
- these are strictly mythological creatures
- they are shape shifters 

Identification of vanar: 
- derives from the word "vana" meaning forest and nara (man) meaning "belonging to the forest" or "forest-dwelling"
- derives from vana (forest) and nara (man) meaning "forest man"
- derives from the words vav and nara meaning "is it a man"" or "perhaps he is man"

Source of information: Wikipedia 

The God of Ocean: Varuna 
- found in the oldest layer of Vedic Literature of Hinduism
- in the Hindu Puranas, he is the god of oceans
- he has a vehicle of a Makara, which is a part fish, part land creature
- weapon is a Pasha, a noose, rope loop
- guardian of deity of western direction
- found in Japanese Buddhist mythology as Suiten
- The theonym Varuṇa is a derivation from the verbal vṛ ("to surround, to cover" or "to restrain, bind") by means of a suffigal -uṇa-, for an interpretation of the name as "he who covers or binds",

Information source: Wikipedia 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Microfiction: Skin Crawlers

Image of a clown statue. Source: urban legends 

My friend was dog sitting for me while I was on vacation.
She sent me a text asking what she should do with the clown statue that was in living room...I didn't own a clown statue..

Silence is more deadly than words.

Author's note:
The first story was inspired by a a horror story that I read in a magazine when I was a kid. I remember that my aunt and uncle got me some makeup and other spa-like presents, along with a magazine for my birthday. This story has stuck with me for so many years because of how creepy I thought that it was. You can read the actual story here.
In the second story, I first, I wasn't sure at all what I wanted to write or how to even write a story with 6 words. However, I sat and reflected about sayings that meant something to me and immediately thought of this one.