HIS 111 Ramayana Paper Assignment
Traditionally, the Ramayana has been ascribed to a single author, Vālmiki (circa 300 BCE), but it is also likely that other oral traditions were cobbled together into the epic. The Rāmāyaṇa in its long version consists of about twenty-four thousand verses in seven cantos, or books. Fortunately for you, we are reading a reduced version! I have always thought it pretty interesting that the monkey clan played such an important role in this epic, and so I settled on this image of Hanuman, the monkey king and Rama's devoted servant for this assignment's instruction. A copper alloy figurine from the eleventh century (Chola period) in the southeastern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Photo credit petrozo.
Read the Ramayana (in its entirety).
Before proceeding, you might wish to read the short notes and review the study questions on the Ramayana. You might also want to read the remarks by Ritu Verma on growing up in India with the Ramayana. Check out the short video about this assignment.
Your paper must follow this format:
Please take a moment to review Charlie's History Writing Center (See the tutorial on the one-page paper.) for specific information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course. There is also a good example of a one-page paper available that will show you how to structure your paper. Please check this short explanation of what it means to cite historical evidence.
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