Thursday, November 12, 2020
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
The King's White Elephant
White Elephant by Ishikawa Ken (April 2008). Source: Flickr
"The King's White Elephant" by Ellen C. Babbitt.
The Turtle Who Could n't Stop Talking
Turtle by David Reid (April 2011). Source: Flickr
"The Turtle Who Could n't Stop Talking" by Ellen C. Babbitt.
Monday, October 26, 2020
Part A - 7 Hidimba and Baka
After fleeing from the burning house, Bhima and his family rest in the nearby forest. Hidimba smells them and sends his sister, Hidimbi, to bring them to him to eat them. However, Hidimbi fell in love with Bhima when she saw him and warned him. Eventually, Hidimba came over since his sister took too long and fought Bhima. Bhima kills him and has a relationship with Hidimbi.
Bhima Fights Baka the Asura by Ramanarayanadatta astri(1965). Source: Wikimedia
Eventually, the family settles in a village that is being "taxed" by Baka. The tax is a blood tax in the form of human life. Luckily for the town, Bhima comes back to the family, from his relationship, and fights Baka. He winds up killing Baka and the family leaves for Panchala.
"The Indian Heroes: Mahabharata - The Princes of Elephant City" by C. A. Kincaid.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
As Duryodhana was dying, Ashwatthaman, Drona's son, Kripa, and Kritavarman were given permission to attack the Pandavas while they slept. As they approached the gate, they encountered Shiva and retreated. Ash then there himself into a fire to receive the good graces of Shiva. Shiva then entered his body and helped them slay the sleeping Pandavas as revenge. Duryodhana died happy knowing of what his son did.
Ashwatthaman propitiates Shiva
before the night raid on the Pandava camp. Source: British Museum
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Intense atmosphere described. War drums, evil omens, blood everywhere, animals howling, and "thunder" was taking place. The armies had been fighting all day. The Kauravas had the advantage for a bit because of Bhishma's power. Him and Arjuna fought but called a truce at the end of the day. Sounds like Kaurava forces took heavy losses. Day 2, Bhishma attacked but Arjuna drove him back. Day 3, Pandavas continued to drive back the Kaurava army. Heavy losses at this point. Bhisma then drive back the opposing force after being taunted by Duryodhana. Bhima won the fourth and fifth days. On the sixth day, Bhima over extended and almost got killed from being surrounded but was saved by Arjuna's son, Iravat. Bhisma won the seventh day and cut down the standard of Yudhishthira. The 8th day, Bhisma's chariot fell and Iravat was slain. Bhima's son, the rakshasa Ghatotkacha got revenge for Arjuna.
The Pandava and Kaurava armies face each other. Source: Wikimedia
Thursday, October 15, 2020
I am happy with my progress so far. I am most proud of being able to relate my stories with Halo. I do not have a good weekly routine as I procrastinate a lot and am not as motivated to do the work since I am about to graduate. The class assignments I enjoy the most are the short ones, the shorter, the better. I have used some extra credit options to catch up in commenting and to get some extra points. I think things have gone well in developing my blog and site.
The changes I would like to make is not to procrastinate as much, but I probably still will. I mainly just want to avoid getting behind as I am about to start a class (8 week class), and I have other classes to focus on, like my Capstone with a project we are starting. There is nothing new I really want to do in this class or change about my blog/site.
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