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A Confucian Scholar's House

An introduction to Korean Confucianism and related architecture.

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

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An Introduction to Islam

Islam is one of the world’s major religions. It shares with Judaism and Christianity a belief in a single god. The Arabic name for God is Allah. The word Islam means “surrender (to God).” The followers of Islam are called Muslims, which in Arabic means “one who surrenders to God.”

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

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Zen Buddhism

An introduction to Zen, a form of Buddhism that emphasizes seeking one’s own Buddha nature through meditation.

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

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Unit: Life in China: Tang and Song Dynasties

Included are interdisciplinary suggested activities and downloadable handouts for approaching this subject through skill sets applied across world history studies.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

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Amaterasu, The Sun Goddess

Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Liz Nichols, tells a Japanese story about Amaterasu, the sun goddess, in the museum’s Japan galleries.

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

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An Introduction to the Qu'ran

A brief introduction to the Qu’ran. Includes audio by Qamar Adamjee, Malavalli Family Foundation Associate Curator of Art of the Indian Subcontinent.

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

Background Information

Bu and Bun: The Arts of War and Peace

In addition to superior strategic and military ability, most elite samurai were expected to be versed in the cultural arts. The warrior’s ideal balance of military and artistic skill is captured well in this description of the sixteenth century daimyo Hosokawa Yusai (1534–1610): “Renowned for his elegant pursuits, he is a complete man combining arts [bun] and arms [bu] . . .” Learn more.

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

Activity

Create Balinese Shadow Puppets

Create Balinese shadow puppets with these downloadable templates.

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