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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

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

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

 

Brahma

 

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!

 

Laura Gibbs

Week 4 Indian Epics Curation

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

My favorite item that I saved here at Known is this great "Death of Kumbhakarna" image from the British Library! I really like this style of painting which is like an animation as you see Kumbhakarna dismembered arrow by arrow and then crashing to the ground. 


My favorite item that I pinned at PInterest is this Wikipedia article about the Savitri Brata, a festival inspired by the story of Savitri and Satyavan. It will be celebrated on May 17 this year:

 

And my favorite item that I found via Twitter is this marvelous painting of Ravana shaking Shiva and his family on Mount Kailash:

 

Laura Gibbs

Shiva and Family

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I really enjoyed the item at Twitter today which contained collection of "family portraits" of Shiva and his family (Parvati, Ganesha, Kartikeya, and the family "vehicles" too: Shiva's bull Nandi, Kartikeya's peacock, and Ganesha's mouse, and Parvati's lion).

 

This image shows Ravana shaking Mount Kailash from down below!

Laura Gibbs

British Library at Flickr: Kumbhakarna!

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After finding that beautiful San Diego Museum Flickr album, I decided to just search Flickr.com for "Ramayana" and one of the items that came up is this great "Death of Kumbhakarna" image shared there by the British Library! I really like this style of painting which is like an animation as you see Kumbhakarna dismembered arrow by arrow and then crashing to the ground.

And so I checked out the British Library presence at Flickr. Then I searched the British Library for other Ramayana images (you just go to the user account page and then use the magnifying glass icon on the photostream page to search that user's photostream), and there were some more good Ramayana images. I will never catch up with cataloging all the images I want to use... which is a very nice problem to have! 

 

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South Asian Art at the San Diego Museum of Art

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I try to add a couple of new images to the Indian Epics Images blog each week, and one of the most exciting image resources I have found is this Flickr album by the San Diego Museum of Art: Edwin Binney Collection of South Asian Works. Here's the album embedded; hundreds of wonderful images, many of them relevant to — and each Flickr page contains useful information about the provenance of the image.