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Arts of the Islamic World

Islam has been an important cultural force in much of Asia for more than five hundred years, and in some parts for more than a thousand. Today, far more Muslims live in other parts of Asia than in the Arab areas of Asia such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond
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Design a Sari

Did you know there are over 100 ways to wear a sari? How a sari is draped can tell you about the occasion, the regional origin, and maybe even the social status of the wearer. Learn about two styles of Indian sari and then design your own on the provided template.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Ganesha, The Remover of Obstacles

Hear the origin story of the Hindu deity Ganesha and learn how to identify depictions of Ganesha with the use of artworks in the Asian Art Museum’s collection.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond
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Vishnu's Gatekeepers: Jaya and Vijaya

Asian Art Museum Storyteller Leta Bushyhead tells a scene from from the Rama epic (Ramayana) with the use of artworks in the museum’s collection.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8)

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The Rama Epic Live Performance

An introduction to the Rama epic produced for the Asian Art Museum by filmmaker and cultural historian Benoy K. Behl, featuring performances from across South and Southeast Asia.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Ashes to Ashes

Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Jeff Byers, tells a story about the Hindu gods Shiva and Parvati in front of related artworks in the Asian Art Museum’s collection.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8)

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Savitri: The Princess who Outsmarted Death

Asian Art Museum Storyteller Asha Bajaj tells a Hindu story about a witty princess who outsmarted Death.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8)

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Mix and Match Mythical Creature Game

Use animal templates to make a mix and match game where you create new mythical creatures.

GRADE LEVEL: Pre-Kindergarten, Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8)
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What Are the Main Branches of Buddhism?

Over the centuries, two main branches of Buddhism emerged: a transmission that traveled to Southeast Asia, and a transmission that evolved in East Asia. A further offshoot of the northern transmission also developed. All three branches began in India, and developed further as they moved across Asia.

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