Sunday, April 28, 2013

myths and legends of the Ādivāsīs in India

This week we had a guest speaker come in to talk about the myths and legends of the Ādivāsīs people in India. I thought that the presentation was good and the Ādivāsīs people are very interesting to learn about. The Ādivāsīs are considered the first inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent. They are considered to be the Untouchables because they are very poor. They celebrate their stories and they have many stories. The stories are different from the ones we have been reading in class. They do have similar motifs but their stories are kind of confusing to follow and sometime like in the story of the tiger and the cow it runs too long. Also in the tale Babo Pithoro there are many motifs. Like the stories we have read there are motifs but they are not making up the entire story. In Babo Pithoro the story is made up of only motifs. A similarity that they have with the stories we have been reading is that they explain things that happen to everyone in their life and and have religious aspects to them. The story of Babo Pithoro is almost like the story of Moses. They have similar story lines and motifs like the river. I liked the lecture and thought it was very interesting to learn about a culture so different from our own.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Native American Folk Tales

Personally I have always had a real appreciation and love for Native American culture. That’s why this week when we were leaning and reading folktales from Native American culture I was so happy and extremely interested. The tales of Native Americans are like many fold tales because their point or moral is to give meaning to events or moments that happen in everyone’s lives. Also like many folk tales their tales are passed down from generation to generation as part of their traditions, ancestors, and religion. These tales are distinctly different from stories of English origin in some ways. The tales that we red from How men and women got together to Deer Hunter and White Corn Maiden all are very wondrous and filled with religious and magical aspects that make them unique. In English origin fold tales there is aspects of religion and magic but in a very different way than the Native American ones. In these tales the gods that they worship are actually called spirits and they are more human and they come down to earth to help their people. In many English origin tales there are religious symbols like a bird but their god never comes down and actually helps people and works with them.

Saturday, April 6, 2013


This week we learned about the tales of Cinderella. The tales of Cinderella are considered “rise tales” who, feature the main character going from “rags to riches” by either marriage or magic.  The rags to riches motif is something that many people would want to happen in their own lives. Everyone wishes to be saved from their struggles and hardships and be magically be transformed from a normal person into royalty.  This motif is seen in the film “Pretty Woman” with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. It is about a hooker who meets a businessman and falls in love. In the end they both rescue each other to rise and become happy and fulfilled.  I believe that people can reach success with charm, wits, and smarts. I think that it is realistic to believe that if you have the drive and the smarts you can rise to the top of whatever profession or situation that you want to.  There are many examples these people maybe a movie actor or a businessman or politician who starts in poverty or had many troubles and by their drive to follow their hearts and passions they were able to beat the odds and rise to riches and success.