Margaret Zoehrer, Museum Docent, will present an illustrated story of one of the great Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the Ramayama. Consisting of seven books, divided between 24,000 verses, the Ramayana tells the tale of Rama, a prince and the seventh incarnation of Vishnu, and is authored by 3rd Century BC Indian poet Valmiki.
Exploring human values and concepts of Dharma, the Ramayama tells the story of Rama and his wife Sita. Compounding Rāma and ayana, which translates to going or advancing, the Ramayana literally means Rama's journey. During this epic tale, Rama bends the bow of the king to win his daughter Sita in marriage. Being deprived of the throne, Rama and Sita are sent off into exile, where Sita is carried off by the demon Ravana. With the aid of the king of the monkeys and an army of monkeys and bears, Rama slays Ravana and rescues Sita to restore his throne.
Sponsored by the Asian Arts Council.