Post #5: Reflection

I learned a lot about India and their beliefs, religion, society, ect. Its crazy how different it is compared to the U.S, which it where I live. I Learned that woman and men aren’t always treated equally when it comes to work. Woman are expected to stay home with the children and give them as much love and attention as possible so that they are raised to be good citizens of India. while men are sent to work to provide food/shelter for the families, but men don’t always make enough money to do this so that’s where the problem comes into play, women may need to work for that extra money but cannot if they choose to have children. I also learned a little bit about there views, belief, religion. How some Believe that there is a god named Ravana who is also a king that brought them medicine and herbs and who is so powerful that he conquered humans, celestials and demons.

What all this information gives to me is a view on their lives, it shows me that they have hard times and that men and woman aren’t always treated equally and it show me a view of there religion/beliefs in the higher power. They have a lot of expectations of the woman and children their goals are to raise good citizens of India above anything else. There not the richest of countries, they have dress codes that need to be followed, ect. All this research has given me a good inside look of what the country is really like and not just what I imagined it to be.

I would say that the article about India mothers helped me understand the people of India and there culture the best. It just showed me what its like for men and what its like for woman and children. It gave me incite on working conditions, how people are treated, and how there’s struggle and expectations. I believed India to be nothing like the U.S, I believed it to extremely different which it was. I don’t think that I ever thought much about it until now, until I researched about it. I think it’d be really cool to visit this country just to see what its like in person and not just what its like in my head. I feel like now I know more about India but I feel that if I travel their it’ll be a completely different experience then just reading about it.

 

Post #4: Legend

The legend I chose was the legend of Ravana- The legendary Emperor of Sri Lanka. It is believed that Ravana is one of the most powerful beings to ever roam the universe.  It is believed that he had mighty power over gods, humans and demons. It is also believed that he was a king and a follower to the great god Shiva. The story goes that Ravana in order to please his mother had decided to bring the mountain Kailash to Sri Lanka. As he lifted the mountain, God Shiva was angered by his arrogance and pushed the mountain back down, trapping Ravana. Ravana tore off his arm and made a musical instrument, ripping out sinews to form strings. He used this newly invented musical instrument to sing the praises of Shiva. He created music of such beauty that Shiva wept and forgave him. It is said that Ravana ruled Lanka for several hundred years after this, and it is also told that a mountain peak by the southern oceans of Sri Lanka is too linked to the Ravana legend and is held to be apart of the Himalaya mountain. The mountain filled with medicinal plants was allegedly brought to Sri Lanka to treat the injured of the Ravana war, it is told that it is still filled with herbs of rare medicinal value to this day.

This legend addresses and shows you the beliefs of the Hindu. It tells you about there god/king Ravana that brought them a mountain filled with herbs of rare medicinal value. I feel that the legend of Ravana Reflects their religion and beliefs and their views of a greater power because of how they speak of him and the many stories told about him.

Post #2: Background Information

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-12557384

India’s population consist of 1.3 billion people and 21.75 million of those people live in India’s capital New Delhi. According to UN estimates, its population is expected to overtake China’s in 2028 to become the world’s most populous nation. Another major city of India Is Mumbai which consists of 18.41 million people. Hindi and English are some of the major languages spoken in India But there are also 20 other languages spoken there as well.

Post #3: News Article

My news article was about the mothers of India. A new maternity bill has come into force raising maternity leave form 12 weeks to 24. They believe that this will ensure the proper care for the newborn by having the mother give all there love and attention to them and not worry about things like work or going to work. But if a woman gets pregnant she has to find a temporary replacement for herself, like a sister or a sister-in-law and if she cant, she loses the job.

This causes a lot of problems For India’s women, problems like making it harder for them to get jobs because employers don’t want to give out benefits which makes it also hard for the employers to get employees. Or how it puts stress on the woman because they have to hurry and find a replacement for themselves before their leave or else they’ll lose their jobs. These issues should be known to the rest of the world because it is unfair to the women and hard on their life because they may not be in a state as to were they can afford to not be working and it is also not good for the baby because the woman who can not find replacements have to bring their children to work and the facilities provided are unclean and low quality. Newborns need to be kept in clean safe environments so they don’t get sick or hurt. This makes the mothers feel uncomfortable leaving their babies their which causes a whole other set of issues.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/mar/31/new-rules-for-indian-mothers-so-long-as-the-government-accepts-they-exist

post #1 Why I chose the country India

I chose the country of India because I find it very interesting and I would love to learn more about its culture and history. I expect to learn a lot from my research on this country, things I might have not known and also more about the things that I already did know. I have so many questions I honestly don’t know where to begin, I’m just excited to start my research and to gain all the more knowledge about this beautiful country.