The Ramayana
Mr. Asad
@ The Hawken School
Bell Work or Warm Up
 Imagine yourself a writer of great repute. Write a proposal to
your publisher about your latest magnum opus (great work). It
shall be an epic! Answer the following “W” questions as your
publisher grills you on them:
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Who are the main characters?
What is your epic about?
When does this tale take place?
Where does it happen (location)?
 All this in just two paragraphs or half a page!
Objectives
 To understand the broad themes in the Ramayana,
and how these relate to our cultural context and
other cultural epics.
India
Languages
of India
Dravidian India
Harappa Culture
Aryan Invasion
The Languages of India
Ramayana
Regional
Ramayana
Northern Ramayana has a
duplicate for Sita (for when
she is kidnapped)
Northern: Rama is
emphasized as the
incarnation of Vishnu.
Tamil Ramayana: Ravana is
not as cruel to Sita
Project
 On your tablets go to
www.HistoryAsad.com
 Click on “Ramayana” on the
top menu
 You will be divided into
groups
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