Plot Summary (See
Ramayana: An Enduring Tradition)
How was the epic transmitted?
in Odissi dance (Note: Sadly, the video files were lost from the server but I have left the links up for the sake of the interview transcriptions.)
How is the hero's pedigree mythically established?
What calls the hero to take action?
What are the qualities of a hero revealed during the tests?
Where does the hero's power come from?
What does the hero accomplish?
South Asia Center at Syracuse University has a great Ramayana resource site. http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/moynihan/programs/sac/Outreach/ramayana/index.asp
A brief illustrated student version on British school site.
University of North Carolina teaching site on Ramayana.
The Ramayana, the great epic of South and Southeast Asia, is here retold through the art forms of various cultures. You will see murals from the Emerald Buddha Temple in Thailand, paintings from India and Bali, and dance, puppetry, and stone carvings from Java. The story is divided into seven parts, and an introduction provides historical, cultural, and literary background.
Also a useful Glossary
of Hindu terms by Paul Flesher written for his course at Univ. of Wyoming.
See also Donna Kasprowicz' bibliography
of Southeast Asian versions.
Ramayana in Southeast Asia
Image Library, background and student activities.