Post #3: short story

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https://www.culturalindia.net/indian-folktales/panchatantra-tales/girl-who-married-snake.html

The Girl Who Married a Snake

This story is about a woman who gives birth to a snake son. She and her husband try to find their son a wife. The dad, the Brahmin, goes into the city to look for a potential bride where he runs into an old friend if his. The friend offers his daughter and she and the Brahmin go back to his hometown. She sees her future husband is a snake and goes through with the wedding anyway. She took care of him like a “good wife should.” One day, in the middle of the night, she saw her husband climb out of the snake skin. He could get out during the night but would have to get back in once the sun rose. His dad came to visit during the night, saw the snake skin lying around, and threw it in the fire. This freed the young  man from the curse that had kept him a snake all these years.

I think one of the messages in this story is to not judge something by the way it looks. Things are not as they seem a lot of the time and this story is an example of that. Good things can come out of seemingly awful situations.

There aren’t that many cultural items in this story as it is fictional and not mythology either, but there are some that I could pick out. For example, it talks about the father being a Brahmin. A Brahmin is someone who specializes as priests, teachers and protectors of sacred learning across generations in the Indian culture. Arranged marriages are also a cultural practice I noticed in the story.

Post #2: Background Information

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https://www.britannica.com/place/India

The population is 1.3 billion people. The most populated area is the Ganges Plain. The capital city is New Delhi and 21.75 million people live there. Another major city in India is Mumbai where there are a lot of tourist attractions as well as historical sites. In India, Hindu is the most spoken language followed by English. There isn’t much information about poverty, disease, or energy, but there was some information on agriculture on this site. It explained how roughly half of all Indians get the necessities directly from agriculture. There are a lot of religions that were born in India. Hinduism being one of the most widely know as well as Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. Religion is a big part of the Indian culture. There is also so much history to India and how it came to be the India we know today. There aren’t any significant dates I could find in the ENORMOUS  history section this site has but it taught about India from the beginning of the historical period (500-150 BCE).

Post #1: Introduction

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For my country, I chose India. I selected this country because I have always been so fascinated with the culture there and how everyday people live their everyday lives. I expect to discover a lot about their culture(s) and their religion. You see a lot of traditional dancing and outfits and I think I’m going to learn about those too. Some questions I have about India are mostly about culture. Why do the women dress the way they do? Why do the women dance the way they do? Is India a mostly happy country? How important is religion to the majority of the population? What is the population?

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