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.
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.
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.
Narasimha: A Story about the Hindu Deity Vishnu
Monica Desai tells a story about Narasimha, an incarnation of the Hindu deity Vishnu.
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.
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.
Savitri: The Princess who Outsmarted Death
Asian Art Museum Storyteller Asha Bajaj tells a Hindu story about a witty princess who outsmarted Death.
Mix and Match Mythical Creature Game
Use animal templates to make a mix and match game where you create new mythical creatures.
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.