Friday, August 4, 2017

Project Idea: Supernatural Characters of the Ramayana

The Ramayana offers so many great supernatural characters to work with, including rakshasas, asuras, and more!

Research Tip: Wikipedia is a great resource for all the main supernatural characters. You can learn about rakshasas, like RavanaIndrajitKumbhakarnaVibhishana, plus the female rakshasis Shurpanakha and Trijata. You can learn about asuras, like Tataka and Maricha, or the goddess Surasa who fought with Hanuman. There is the gandharva (transformed into demon form) named Viradha. One of Ravana's many rivals is Kubera, king of the yakshas. In the Thai version of the Ramayana, there is the mermaid Suvannamaccha, Hanuman's lover.

You also will find these useful comic books on Reserve in Bizzell: Kubera: The Lord of Wealth, Kumbhakarna: The Sleeping Giant, and Mahiravana: A Magician Outwitted, along with all the Ravana resources

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