Whenever I walk through cedar forests or come across giant cedar trees, I find myself thinking of Humbaba
( who is also known as Huwawa ), the monstrous guardian spirit of the Cedar Forest where the gods lived. Humbaba is featured in the Epic of Gilgamesh in Sumerian/ Babylonian mythologies which contain the well known flood myths.
I have been a big fan of Humbaba since childhood. I think one of the most enjoyable things about reading myths is coming across interesting mythological figures. I suppose you too have your favorite gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines, or spirits in mythology.
In one of the myths, Gilgamesh, hero and god, king of Uruk…
Homework check: are there any publications in Japanese like the Spark Notes?
Homework check: Choose the best customer review – in pairs, then in groups of 4/5
Check answers to the Study Guide questions for chapters 3 and 4
By next Friday, June 3rd: read a Greek, or Roman myth and summarise it
in English (200-300 words).
Add the references (quote your sources): where, in which books/websites did you find the myth? Write the name of the source in the correct MLA format at the bottom of your paper, like this: 「姓, 名. タイトル [またはタイトル」. 出版した地名: 出版会社, 出版した年.」という風に書く。E.g. Suzuki, Kazuaki. Kenkou no Zatsugaku. Tokyo: Kodansha, 2008.
Do not translate the Japanese title into English.
Do not write the Japanese title in kanji, but in Roman letters.
And write a short paragraph about the similarities to the Japanese myth you wrote about. What are the common characteristics?
Email me your best Amazon review and why you chose it, by Monday 23:59.
I will post all the students’ chosen reviews on this blog.
Please visit this blog again between Wednesday and Friday.
Read your classmates’ chosen reviews and choose the best one.
Write down the number, and bring it to class next Friday.
Please think about the following questions. We will discuss them in class, Friday, June 3rd. You don’t have to write about these for your homework: 以下の質問は次回の授業に議論します。議論できる予習をしてください。
What is a myth? Is a myth the same as a folk-tale (昔話）? Are they different? How are they different?
Is a myth different from a fairy-story, or is it the same? How are they different? How are they the same?
What is the difference between a myth and an epic poem such as Heike Monogatari?
What is the difference between a myth and a novel such as the Tale of Genji?
Check Study Guide answers for Vocabulary and 1-4 (on pages 15 + 16)
Study Guide questions for chapters 3 and 4, questions 5-10 (pages 16-17). (“For discussion” and “Optional Writing Project” are both options. You get extra points if you do them, but you don’t have to.)
Study Guide, chapters 1-2, vocabulary questions 1-9 (pp. 9-12). Answer the questions for homework.
check our answers to the homework questions
what is myth?
Find out what the following mythic creatures are – find the Japanese name or translation, and find an image for each one (click the links to see some images for each word): faun, nymph, dryad, naiad, jinn, satyr, centaur, minotaur
quiz on these words: write the English that you hear AND the Japanese meaning.
Finish reading chapters 1 and 2 and answer the Study Guide questions for chapters 1 and 2.
For May 18th, write a brief account of a Japanese myth (200 words).
Write it in Microsoft Word or a similar word-processing software.
use the format below
Save the file as “Writing Strategies Japanese Myth Your Name”.
Send it as an attachment to me by email by Wednesday midnight, May 18th.
The email subject 件名 must be “Writing Strategies Japanese Myth Your Name”.