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San Francisco, CA 94102
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Epic Story Scrolls

In groups, students will discuss how artists communicate events and characters by observing and describing scenes in the scroll containing stories of Rama’s youth. Students will compare the context of this scroll’s use with those of scrolls illustrating other epics. Then they will create a biographical scroll from the perspective of a character in the Ramayana (The Life of Rama).

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

Video

Gecko: A Balinese Folktale

Asian Art Museum Storyteller Miriam Mills tells a story about a gecko from Bali.

GRADE LEVEL: Pre-Kindergarten, Early Elementary School (K-3)

Activity

Create a Thai Style Shadow Puppet

Shadow puppet performances were popular forms of entertainment in Thailand. Create your own shadow puppet and perform a scene from the the Ramayana.

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

Background Information

Storytelling in Ritual and Performance in Bali

Balinese stories are continually told and retold. Tales such as the Ramayana are mainly spread through storytelling, shadow plays, masked dance, chants, and other theatrical genres. Learn more.

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

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Beliefs of Hinduism

Learn about the basic beliefs of Hinduism.

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

Video

Angkor Temple Mountains

Explore the ancient kingdom of Angkor, which was one of the most powerful states in Southeast Asia from the 800s to the 1300s. A succession of kings built huge temples that remain in Cambodia today as some of the world’s greatest religious monuments.

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

Artwork

Buta, a demon

A demon (buta), 1993, by Duyeh. Indonesia; Cibiru, West Java. Wood, cloth, and mixed media. From the Mimi and John Herbert Collection, F2000.86.121.

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

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The Stupa

A short documentary on The Stupa, a hemispherical mound that represents the burial mound of the Buddha.

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