Reading, Week 12

Reading Notes: Beowulf Part 2

cave by Judith from flickr Grendel's description is kinda weird. It says that he looks human but not, basically. It's a very interesting way to describe him. A lot of the picture depictions in the reading show him having hair but the story makes it sound like he is covered in scales which honestly makes more sense seeing as how his mother lives underwater. I'm sure it's just a translation thing but the statement, "Grendel's monster-mother, avenging her monster-son." is just so funny to me. Beowulf being able to swim and fight under water is great. I can barely h

Reading, Week 12

Reading Notes: Beowulf Part 1

beowulf by Edward Badley from flickr Beowulf is a story I've heard of before and I know a the basic premise with Grendel and his mother but I've never really heard about this first half. One of the things that I found funny was the wanderer's song with I'd almost bet was actually sung at one point but was then just summarized by a storyteller that was no good at singing. It's really interesting to have the background to this tale. I would never though a "place of honor" could be at someone's feet. That's typically a place of humility or shame. And of course Beowulf has

Reading, Week 11

Extra Credit Reading Notes Gospel of Mark Part 2

Jesus by Michael Clark from flickr These stories of Jesus were always interesting to me. He curses the fig tree and throws the merchants out of the church. We find out about the greatest of the ten commandments and read the story of the woman who had only two coins to give. These tales are a great insight into how the Israelites view morality. We also have the betrayal of Judas and the crucifixion of Jesus. Even though Jesus predicted it, Judas' betrayal is a little strange as we don't get too much insight as to why he did it.

Story, Week 11

Week 11 Story: Spirit World

city by barnyz from flickr This story has been updated on my portfolio. Check it out here. After what felt like a very long time, I opened my eyes and saw the inside of a box. It took mere moments to realize this was a coffin. I was not panicked, however. I raised my arms and pushed, and the lid moved away with more ease than I had expected. After adjusting to the light, the first thing I saw was my late grandmother's smiling face. I was dead, wasn't I? I repeated this question out loud and received a chuckle from grandma. "Yes, you are dead." Her statement cau

Reading, Week 11

Reading Notes: Alaskan Legends Part 2

foggy by Sam from flickr Once again we see the concept of animals being able to take off their skins and become human-like. I love it! I also really liked the tales of the ghost land and the land of the dead. Some of my favorite mythology is the ones that deal with the afterlife. In the land of the dead story, we follow a woman who has died and learn what happens to us right after we pass on; we're led by the last person we thought of to where our ancestors are. It was also nice to see the reference to ancestral sacrifices is what sustains them in the afterlife.

Reading, Week 11

Reading Notes: Alaskan Legends Part 1

Untitled (raven transformation mask) by A.Davey from flickr It's fascinating to see how they portray the animals like Raven in this story. We see animals used as characters in a lot of mythology, especially in North America. The animals are typically given human traits, but for the most part, the stories treat them as if they are just animals. I was surprised when I read that Raven could take off his mask and take on a human form. It really changes how I view the animals in these stories. As we see Raven interacting with the others in these tales, he could be in human

Week 8

Week 8 Progress

Nearly went my whole Japan trip without seeing Mount Fuji...until today. Wow by Simon Q from flickr I haven't done all that well this semester in terms of progress. Something which I hope to correct. So far I've really enjoyed the readings and the storytelling can be difficult but rewarding. My plan is to use a lot of the extra credit options to help improve my grade. Though there have been some issues, the blog has been an interesting project this semester. The biggest pitfall I will have to avoid is missing the deadlines. A lot of the issues I've had are not preparing

Week 8

Week 8 Comments and Feedback

Hiking - Black-Forest (All Saints Abbey) by Udo S from flickr Overall I think that I have received some excellent feedback that helped me to better my stories. I have received suggestions from perspectives that I would otherwise never have seen. Unfortunately, for this first half of the semester, I haven't been doing a very good job of commenting on others' posts and intend to make an effort to do more in the future. I wouldn't necessarily say that my blog is the best way to get to know me. I'm not too good at portraying who I am as a person online and feel like my b

Reading, Week 7

Extra Credit Reading Notes for the Gospel of Mark Part 1

Bible by jesusnameupc from flickr For this reading, I chose to use the New International Version since it's easier to read. I really enjoyed the parables told by Jesus for the most part. We see him bumping heads with the Pharisees about the differing beliefs of the Abrahamic faith and Christianity. It's also interesting that this is only one of the four tellings of what occurred. I was surprised at just how many demons and spirits were exercised by Jesus in these chapters. I can't imagine being possessed by 2000 demons like that guy who Jesus freed. Mark 1 | NIV Bib