The Legend of Annapurna, Hindu Goddess of Nourishment

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The legend of Annapurna, Hindu Goddess of Nourishment, is a complex tale that incorporates some of Hinduism's basic beliefs. In this version of the tale, Parvati, wife of Shiva, represents energy, growth, and transformation and brings Ardhanarishvara or balance to the world. Find out what happens when she gets fed up with her husband's lack of respect for her contributions and decides to leave the world leaving Shiva and the world out of balance.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups investigate other stories that stress the importance of balance (Aristotle's teachings about the Golden Mean, Confucius' Analects, etc.)
Classroom Considerations
  • The "Dig Deeper" section of the resource retells the tale in greater detail
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