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Laura Gibbs

Emblemes, Ancient and Moderne, by George Wither

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I was delighted to find out A Collection of Emblemes, Ancient and Moderne, by George Wither is available at Project Gutenberg.

I am a huge fan of the emblem tradition which uses all kinds of mythological and natural symbols, along with proverbs and anecdotes. Wither is working here with Rollenhagen's Latin emblems which he is expressing in English verse. So, for example, here is Rerum Sapientia Custos, "Wisdom is the Keeper of Things," which Wither renders thus: By Wisedome, things which passe away, / Are best preserved from decay.

If you are a student of Latin, you can read the Latin version here.




Laura Gibbs

Week 6 Curation: Reading, Writing, and Language

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In the previous weeks, I did curation that was related to the content of my courses and ... but this week I thought I would grab three of the reading, writing, and language items that I've come across in the past few weeks. Those are important for my classes too!

I absolutely LOVE this video about books and libraries which someone shared at Google+ just last week. You can read the lyrics at this blog post:


For National Punctuation Day on September 24, there were all kinds of fun shares at Twitter, like this great chart by Adrienne Crezo and Mike Rogalski from Mental Floss:


And from this collection of fantastic posters — Awe-inspiring book charts you’ll want to hang on the wall — I really liked Parts of Speech explained through books, movies, and music.

Here is the nouns section:

And here is the whole poster:

Laura Gibbs

Week 5 Indian Epics Curation

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Here is one item each from Twitter, Known, and Pinterest for this week's for

My favorite Known post was this one about the BBC series: Incarnations. So many great episodes, including Mirabai, Kabir, the Buddha... and more episodes to come!


My favorite item that I pinned was this page of OM Deities, a collection of illustrations that show gods and goddesses inside the OM sign! There are nine images there, and I thought this one was the best: A Pahari painting of an OM containing deities, c.1780-1800.


My favorite Twitter item was this painting of Ravana and his rakshasa court!  Just look at all the different rakshasas:

Laura Gibbs

Week 5 Myth-Folklore Curation

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As before, I'm grabbing one item from the Known stream, one from Pinterest, and one from Twitter.

My favorite Known post was about one of my favorite Japanese folktale characters: the trickster tanuki! I made a Flickr Gallery with photos that people had posted of tanukis there. Here's a screenshot of the thumbnails: Tanuki Gallery at Flickr.

My favorite thing that I pinned for Myth-Folklore was this 1911 film of Dante's Inferno that I learned about via Open Culture:

My favorite item Twitter was this collection of mermaid images: A (Tail) Flap of Mermaids. There are some wonderful images here; I like this one by Walter Crane the best: The Mermaid Dance, c. 1880s.





Laura Gibbs

Tanuki Gallery at Flickr

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I am a big fan of Flickr, especially creating embedded slideshows of my own images (that's what you can see in the sidebar of the Growth Mindset Memes blog, for example).

If you want to search for and save other people's photos, you can do that in a Gallery. You cannot embed a Gallery, but you can link to it, and it also has a Lightbox option. To see how those options work, I did a gallery of TANUKI pictures since the Japanese tanuki is part of the Japanese folklore that comes up this week in .

Here is a link to my gallery: Tanuki Gallery, and here's a link to the Lightbox view

Here's a screenshot of the thumbnails:

Take a look at the Tanuki Gallery to see the full size images!

And you can find out more about tanukis at Wikipedia.

And here's a tanuki from Wikimedia:


Laura Gibbs

Story of Rama by Chaitanya Sambrani

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At Twitter, I saw an amazing illustration for the Ramayana (see the bottom of this post), which led me to this page: The Story of Rama: Indian Miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi... and that brought me to this YouTube video


And here's the illustration that got me started: Ravana and his court full of rakshasas.

Laura Gibbs

Trimurti inside an OM

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I was curious about this lovely image that accompanied an Open Culture post about an Indian Philosophy podcast


Thanks to Google, I found my way to the Wikimedia page, which explains that this is Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva within an OM, in a Mahabharata manuscript from 1795. Even better, that Wikimedia page led me to a whole collection of deities inside OMs. Beautiful! Here's another one: A Pahari painting of an OM containing deities, c.1780-1800.



Laura Gibbs

Greek Myth Comix: Hercules

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The Greek Myth Comix site is full of great stuff, like this comic from a series on the childhood of Heracles ... visit the site to see the complete comic.




Laura Gibbs

Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin

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I used Google to search for the image of Angada which I saw at Twitter, and found my way to this exhibit at the Ashmolean in Oxford: Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin. It contains several wonderful mythological images; these are from the PAHARI section of the display.  

Angada delivers Rama's message to Ravana


Disrobing of Draupadi


The moon god, Chandra


Harihara Sadashiva




Laura Gibbs

Incarnations: India in 50 Lives

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Thanks to a friend at Google+ I learned about this BBC series: Incarnations. So many great episodes, including Mirabai, Kabir, the Buddha... and more episodes to come!