RAMA: A LEGEND
RETOLD BY 6TH GRADE STUDENTS

CONTENTS

1. Ashlee P.
2. Amanda
3. John K.
4. Alex J.
5. Britton N.
6. Aimee S.
7. Derek J..
8. Marina S.
9. Anna V. -- Special Edition
10. RayAnna D.
11. Notes on Rama: A Legend, transcribed by Lauren P.



THE STORY OF RAMA
based on Rama: a Legend, by Jamake Highwater
retold by Ashlee P.

Characters:
1. Dasaratha - King of Ayodhya
2. Rama - King’s first-born son
3. Sita - Rama’s wife
4. Lakshmana - Rama’s brother
5. Kausalya - Rama’s mother
6. Kaikeyi - king’s second wife
7. King Janaka - ‘father’ of Sita
8. Hanuman - leader of monkey tribe
9. Ravana - 10-headed King of Lanka
10. Garuda - great bird (eagle)
11. Sugriva - king of monkey people

Part 1: The Kingdom

Chapter 1 Prince Rama finds a dead body while plowing the field. (the dead body was a girl with green hair.) Rama hears a song "fertile growth”. The song turns into a green mist witch covers the field with spring. The girls hand starts to move closer to Rama until it touches him, right then he collaps to the ground.

Chapter 2
Prince Rama is taken to the “Palace of the Kings.” (the city of Ayodhya.) When they arrive the drums start to pound and the temple dancers begin the fire dance and walk on “HOT” coles. The whole time Lackshmana is buy Rama’s side. King Dausaratha calls for healers to save Rama’s life. Kaikeyi is jealous of Kausalya. (the old queen.) Queen Kausalya is banished to her chamber.(room) While she is banished she does tapestry of her husbands victory. King Dausaratha weep for Rama.

Chapter 3
Queen Kaisalya says she can save Rama’s life. She says she has one special power; LOVE. Queen Kausalya says Rama is the river that flows from her. Kausalya says their is magic in a far away kingdom, beyond the valley of the moon the land of the great eagle Garuda. The palace of king Janaka. They say Janaka is a monster. Queen Kaikeyi asked her hand maid Kara to lead them to King Janaka’s Kingdom. Queen Kausalya tells them about his daughter named Sita who can lift Rama from his slumber. Wise man say she is a sorceress. Some say she is beautiful. They arrive at Janaka’s kingdom. King Janaka says the name “ SITA “ and green mist appears. Rama cries HELP and then falls back down.

Chapter 4
Rama is trapped in his body. (in a coma.) They enter the palace and Rama sees tiger eyes.

Chapter 5
Rama wakes up and feels himself breathing sounds like growing grass, flowers bursting and rivers flowing. Rama feels as if he has been reborn as a child. Rama sees a gorgeous woman. She disappears and then Rama asks where is that beautiful woman I saw ? Then Rama stands up and walks. All that he could remember was that beautiful woman. Queen Kausalya tell him it was only a sweet dream. King tells him where he went their was an evil creature in the cave they were in. His mother says it could be his spirit wife. They get a grand tour of the palace. Grand prossion, music, drums, trumpets, and mysterious King is feared everywhere. Regular people bow to the king. The king is bald and he is short he is holding grain of wheat and wearing rags. He is only a dwarf, he is flouting above the ground. Old Kausalya revives the wheat and becomes young again. King Janaka calls for his one and only daughter SITA. Out of a green mist appears a slender figure, the figure is SITA. Rama recognizes the woman she is the woman of his dreams. King Janaka tells them how he found her.(Sita.) Rama wants to go to her but the king stops him and says that he must be worthy of her in able to touch her. Sita is silent. Then she vanishes.

Chapter 6
King Janaka tells all about how he,(Rama) can marry Sita. In order to marry Sita he must pass the test of the spirit. Rama wants to know all about the test, so King Janaka tells him what he must do in order to marry Sita and what happened to the others that tried. The people that had tried had made King Janaka a monster in their tales. King Janaka also tells them about how Sita brought drought to their families. On the test these were the questions: 1.) Are you driven by anger or compassion?
THIS WAS THEIR ANSWER
Rama: I'm driven by love.
Lackshmana: I am driven by courage.
Then King Janaka tells men to bring him the bow (tiger bow) .
2.) Whoever lifts the bow will get to marry Sita.
3.) You need to lift the bow and shoot an arrow into the heavens.
THIS WAS THEIR ANSWER
Lackshmana: can you conquer what you can’t see.” (the bow is invisible)
Rama: He searches his heart for understanding and all of a sudden there is a green mist from his heart. The green light in the circle becomes a mist. He sees the shape of the bow. He goes to pick it up and right when he touches it becomes vissable. He picks it up and shoots it into the heavens.

Chapter 7
Prince Rama has a wedding and he invites everyone. King Janaka makes a speech this is how his speech went: “When she marries Rama she will become a mortal.” King Janaka sprinkles Sita with some holy water. Rose petals fall out of the sky. Rama takes Sita’s hand and she becomes a mortal. Sita asks Rama “Who are you?” He answers “I am your husband.” Then she smiles.

Chapter 8
King Dausaratha is getting very old. Young Queen Kaikeyi doesn’t except Rama and his new wife Sita. “The throne is no place for an old King, so I must give the throne to my son.” Kaikeyi’s maid Kooni hears about Rama getting crowed. Kaikeyi plans to stop Rama from getting crowned.

Chapter 9
Young Queen Kaikeyi goes to see the King. She barges into his chamber while he is getting dressed. She tells him how he had promised her two wishes (to get her to marry him.) She wants to use her wishes. Her first wish is to make HER son the hair to the throne.(she does not have a son.) She tells the king that she is pregnet. The king does not want to do this but he has to. Her second wish is for King Dausaratha to banish Rama from the Kingdom.(send him to exile.)

Chapter 10
Rama is sent to exile for 14 years. Rama: “Do not be afraid look beyond the gates their is another world.” When Rama goes through the gates he is in rags. (Sita and Lackshmana go with him.) Before he goes his mother begs him not to go. Rama’s response is “I must go don’t grieve” His mother wants to go with him. Rama says “I must go alone.” Rama begs Sita not to go with him but she will go anyway.

Part 2 The Exile

Chapter 11
They leave the city of Ayodhya. (Rama, Sita and Luckshmana.) Two messengers arrive with a message for Rama and his brother. The message is: “Rama your father is dead.” Your mother said for you to stay in the forest because young Queen Kaikeyi has seized the power (throne.)with help of King Ravana.(King of Lanka.)” Sita says they must obey their mother. Before they move on they must grieve for their father. They will not return for 1 year. (4 seasons) Sita regains her earthly powers. Rama, Sita and Lackshmana move to a Mountain area. Rama sees a big creature. The great bird Garuda. Garuda came to protect them. The look out and see all kinds of the jungle, and the volcano Anak.

Chapter 12
Lackshmana builds a hut. Rama sees Sita every where in nature. The great bird Garuda sounds a warning of a ugly creature, it is a carnivore the creature sees him and runs away. Rama sees a beautiful woman and the woman is not Sita. Rama goes up to her and talks to her she thinks he is the god of love. Rama tells her about himself. She says she is Soorpanaka the princess of Lanaka and the sister of Ravana. She also says she does things in black magic. She is ready to through every thing away for him. (she wants him to be her husband.) Rama says,”No, because i have a wife and her name is Sita she is the most beautiful woman.” Sita appears. Soorpanaka sees Sita. Soorpanaka asks Rama to get rid of Sita. She hurls herself at Sita. Rama stands in front of Sita so Soorpanaka can’t hurt Sita.Lackshmana comes and chops off Soorpanaka’s ears and nose. She bleeds green blood. She starts to integrates and turns into a puddle. Then she turns back into her self a monster and flees away.

Chapter 13
When Rama wakes up and their is an army of demons waiting to approach him. Rama goes to get his bow. Then he will go defeat the army alone. The army says they were sent by Soorpanaka. The demons commander wants to take Rama to Ravana’s castle, just when she said that Sita screams. Rama will fight the demons. Kara (the commander) shoots arrows at Rama but they don’t hurt him. Sita screams again and Garuda arrives to help Rama. Kara jumps into the air and cuts off Garuda’s wings! He falls and dies,Rama gets very angry and shoots a lot of demons. Just then Ramada tells the demons to surrender. Rama kills the commander.

Chapter 14
Sita and Rama relax together. Rama is in the land of dreams. Just then Sita tells Rama to dream Ravana’s dream. King Ravana is dreaming Rama’s dream. In King Ravana’s dream he sees King of the past that he had killed and were his slaves. Ravana wakes up, and asks for the meaning. King Ravana tells him about a beautiful woman in his dream her name is SITA. The magicians don’t know what to do!
Magicians,: “Sita is Rama’a wife!”
Ravana,: “ KILL RAMA OR GET RID OF HIM.”
Magicians,: “He killed Kara’s army.”
Ravana,: “ I’ll take his wife and feed Rama to my sister.”
Magicians,: “How?”
Ravana,: “Send Mirchah (deer)”
Just then Rama wakes up but he only remembers that they are in great danger!!!!!!!!

Chapter 15
The magician Materiah changes into a deer. Sita sees the deer and wants to capture it. Lackshmana tells her not to chase the deer. But Sita just says, “How can something so beautiful be evil.” Sita asks Rama to get the deer for her Rama says he will. After Rama leaves Sita thinks Rama is in danger. She convinces Lackshmana to go and see if Rama is okay. Rama shoots the deer with an arrow the creature dies. While Sita is all alone Ravana comes and takes her away.

Part 3 The Battle

Chapter 16
They are in the land of the volcano. The brothers search for Sita. The days of the great rain come. Rama sees Sita in nature. Rama feels that without Sita he can’t live. Finally they are in the Valley of the Monkeys.

Chapter 17
Rama greets the lovely birds. Rama and Lackshmana enter scorched earth. They see Ravana’s footprint. Every where Ravana stepped he made it die. Rama and Lackshmana find Sita’s bracelet. Lackshmana feels as if Sita is leaving them a trail. They hurry to a lake in hope to find Sita. Rama sees eyes. They reach the lake they don’t see Sita but they see a great white ape. He says his name is Hanuman. Hanuman tells them about how they saw Sita. He says he can not tell them where Sita went but Sugrivia can help them find her. (Sugrivia is the leader of the monkeys.) Hanuman promises that all the monkeys will help find Sita. Rama convinces Lackshmana to go to Sugrievia. Lackshmana asks Rama how can he listen to an animal? Rama tells him to look inside himself and he will find an animal inside himself. In the Valley of the Monkeys it is always spring. They hear all kinds of animals. King Sugrievia says that he has been waiting for them. He says that the army of monkeys will search for Sita.

Chapter 18
All the monkey’s help Rama find Sita each group of monkey’s go a different direction. Rama says if you go south then you will come to a clouded area and a river filled with crocodiles. Rama gives Sita’s bracelet to Hanuman so he can show it to her so she knows he is a good person. He also tells them off to the sea their is a skull. Rama is getting very impatient. Finally the north comes and says that they can’t find Sita. Then the west east comes and says that they can’t find Sita. Then Hanuman returns with the south group and they say that they can’t find Sita either. No one found Sita.

Chapter 19
All the monkey’s help build a bridge. Just then Hanuman comes up to Rama and says that he found Sita!!(He left again to go find Sita.) He says, “Sita is in the garden of Ravana’s palace.” Rama and the monkey’s cross to Lanka. Rama says he must search for Sita alone. When they get their the city is ruined. The monkey’s spread fire all through the city while Rama faces the demons. Finally Rama faces Ravana. Lackshmana attacks Ravana he plunges a sword into him. The sword does not hurt Ravana, he pushes Rama down and stomps on him. Both Rama and Hanuman weep for Lackshmana. Then Rama goes to Ravana and shoots him with his arrow. Ravana’s last words were, “Who would have thought a moral would defeat the evil. Ravana’’s blood leaks and turns into fertilized ground, then leaves and flowers grow. Then they sing the song of eternal life.

Part 4 The Throne

Chapter 20
Rama, Sita and Lackshmana return to the palace. Rama asks for Kaikeyi she blows up. Rama says, “Now let there be spring time in our Kingdom.” Just then Sita arrives. She gives Rama a very special gift: “A seed.” “LIFE.”


THE STORY OF RAMA
based on Rama: a Legend, by Jamake Highwater
retold by Amanda V.

Characters:
1. Dasaratha - King of Ayodhya
2. Rama - King’s first-born son
3. Sita - Rama’s wife
4. Lakshmana - Rama’s brother
5. Kausalya - Rama’s mother
6. Kaikeyi - king’s second wife
7. King Janaka - ‘father’ of Sita
8. Hanuman - leader of monkey tribe
9. Ravana - 10-headed King of Lanka
10. Garuda - great bird (eagle)
11. Sugriva - king of monkey people

Part 1
The Kingdom

Prince Rama went to the furrow (plowed field). He found a dead body. He hears a sound, a song of fertility (life growth). There was a warning that the dead body was an evil thing. An eclipse appeared the demon swallows the sun. The body was not cremated (burned).

Rama and the workers dig with their hands to uncover the dead body. The song becomes green mist, spring meadow (nature-spring). They find woman's body, she has green hair. Her live hand grabs Rama. He collapses.

chapter 2

Palace of the King Dasaratha

There were drums and a fire dance was performed by the Temple Dancers. They walk on hot coals to save Prince Rama. The mourners cried. Rama was breathing . His brother Lakshmana was at his side. There is a cloud if death by the Sacred Mountain. The king calls the healers to come save Rama’s life. The king sits with the young queen, Cook. Kaikeyi was a captive of the war. She wants to be the queen. The real queen, Kausalya is old she is the mother of Rama. The king banished her to her own room. (tapestry of her husbands war victory). The king is sad, he weeps for Rama.

chapter 3

“I can save you Rama,” said Kausalya, Rama’s mother.

She has a special power. It is love she says, Rama is the river that flows from me.

The young wife Kaikeyi is mean and envious. Kausalya says there is magic in a faraway kingdom. Beyond the valley of the moon. In the land of the great eagle Garuda. The palace of king Janaka.

Kausalya’s handmaid, Kara knows about this land. She had set her free. Kausalya knows she can led then to King Janaka. King Janaka’s daughter can revive Rama from slumber. The wise men say she’s a magic sorceress, some say she is beautiful. Her name is Sita. Green light appears and Rama rises. King Rama cries out then falls. The king says we will go to the palace of King Janaka.

chapter 4

The servants carry him to the jungle valley of the moon to the palace of King Janaka. In the Janaka’s palace there are creatures bats, monkeys, and tiger eyes.

chapter 5

Rama awakens he feels himself breathing. He breathes when he hears the sound of grass growing and flowers growing he feels a new life. He feels like a new born child. There is light he sees sunshine. He sees a beautiful woman she disappears.

He walks like a newborn infant. He does not remember the illness or the journey. All he remembers is a sweet dream. King Dasaratha tells Rama it was a horrible creature in a cave who took him. His mother says the woman that he saw might have been his spirit wife.

They are in the assembly hall ready to meet King Janaka. There was a grand prossesion with music, drums, and trumpets. A mysterious king is feared by everyone except the rich people.

King Janaka is a little man with rags. King Janaka gives Queen Kausalya some wheat; she becomes young again. King Janaka has only one daughter her name is Sita.

There was a strange sound, a green mist, and a slender figure appeared. Rama recognized the woman, she was the woman in his dream. Rama asked who that woman was. King Janaka said that he found her in a plowed field. Rama tries to talk to her, but King Janaka stops him. He says, “you must be worthy of her.” She will stay silent until someone loves her. Then Sita vanishes into the green mist.

Chapter 6

King Janaka tells Rama how to get Sita to pass the test of the spirit. Rama asked about the test. He wanted to know what happened to the others. King Janaka said that other princes and monarchs competed for her. The ones who failed the test made up all the evil stories. He said they made him seem like a monster. Sita brought drought and famine to all the enemies who attacked their kingdom.

The first test was Are you driven by anger or by compassion. Lakshmana said courage. And Rama said love. Then some curious creature.Test two bring the tiger bow whoever lifts the bow will get Sita.

Dancers appear. It takes 500 men to pull the box that has the bow in it. The bow is invisible, it is placed in a circle.

The third test is to lift the bow and shoot an arrow into the heavens. Lakshmana asked How can you conquer what you can’t see. Rama searches his heart for understanding. There was a green light and a circle of mist appeared. Rama can see the outline of the bow, he touches it and it comes visible. He shoots it into space.

chapter 7

Herald proclaims a message, “Everyone is invited to the wedding of prince Rama and Sita.” Birds, animals, sea creatures, hermits, monkeys, elephants, holly men, and heroes come. There are clouds and the sun is out. There is green mist and a light rain. Lightning and a song it is a good day for a wedding.

The moon stands for feminine. And the sun stands for male. The moon and the sun get married. King Janaka says Sita will become mortal when she marries Rama. He sprinkles Sita with holly water. Then Rama takes Sita’s hand.

She awakes ( in human life) from a dream. Sita asked Rama who he was. He said that he is her husband. Then she smiles.

chapter 8

King Dasaratha hides because he is getting old. Young queen Keikeyi doesn’t accept Rama and Sita. King Dasaratha says one of you will be my successors. He chooses Rama. King Dasaratha has premonitions, he sees a comet which means bad luck. Wickedness approaches.

Demon old maid, servant of Keikeyi. Her name is Koone. She hears about Rama Being crowned. Keikeyi plans to stop the Coronation. And rain Rama with a lie.

chapter 9

Young King Keikeyi goes to see the king. The king is getting dressed for the coronation. Keikeyi barges into his chamber. She tells him of the the promise that he made her when they got married. Kings two vows (boons) or promises: first to make her son heir to the throne. She says she is pregnet. Because she wants to have the throne. Keikeyi wins, the king concedes.

Dharma two. Is to grant any wish: Rama must be banished (sent into exile). Hanuman, the monkeys, and Garuda the eagle all weep.

chapter 10

Rama is sent into exile for fourteen yours. There is a great sorrow of over him. Queen Kausalya doesn’t want Rama to go. Rama tells her not to be afraid. The forest is like gates into another world. King Dasaratha commands Rama to go. Rama must obey. Sita and Lakshmana go with Rama into exile. They dressed in humble bark clothes.

Part two The Exile
Chapter 11

They leave Ayodhya (capital of Kosala). Two messengers arrive, with a message from Queen Kausalya. They say that King Dasaratha is dead. Kausalya wants them to stay in the forest because Queen Kaikeyi seized power of the throne, with help from the demons. And king Ravana of Lanka.

Sita said we must listen to your mother and grieve about your dead father. They wont return for four seasons. They traveled over foothills rain forest. Sita regains her earthly powers. A friend of theirs father, came from land of dead to protect them.

chapter 12

Lakshmana builds a hut with a thatch roof, clay and bamboo walls. Rama sees Sita everywhere in nature (flowers, water, sky, ect.).

Garuda sounds a warning (invader). There is an ugly creature. He is an evil demon. He can take away any shape or form. The creature had blood on him. He had bulging eyes and sharp teeth. The demon is a carnivore. He see’s the aura and runs away. Invader is waiting, everything is quiet they could here their breathing.

Rama sees a beautiful woman, she thinks Rama is a god. He tells her everything about himself. She tells Rama that she is the princess of lanka, the sister of King Ravana. She wants to be Rama’s wife. Then Sita comes from the house. Rama says I can’t marry you because Sita is my wife. Sita asked who the woman was and tells Rama to get rid of her she was a demon.

The woman started to hurt Sita. Rama saw and threw the woman. Her disguise faded away and her demon appears. Lakshmana tore off her ears and nose. Green blood came out. Then she disappears.

chapter 13

An army of demons came to Rama’s house. Gauruda came to give a warning. He said don’t let Sita out of your site.

Rama grabbed his bow and arrows. Then they went to face the army. The demon commander Kara wants to take Rama to king Ravana.

Sita screamed, then darkness and blood came from the sky. Rama fights the demon, Kara. Sita screams again and the arrows that the enemies threw didn’t hurt Rama. Sita screams again and Garuda arrives to help.

Them Kara jumps into the air and cuts Garuda’s wings off. He falls and dies. Rama gets angry and shoots down many demons.

Kara sends arrow serpants against Rama. Rama tells Kara to surrender. Kara tells Rama that he was ordered by king Ravana to kidnap Sita. the sun and the moon come together and the demon dies. Spiders and worms come out of him.

chapter 14

Sita and Rama relax. Sita still worries about Soarapanoka’s love for Rama. Sita tells Rama to dream Ravana’s dream.

Ravana’s dream: Sita is his wife and Rama is his slave. King Ravana sits on his throne. He has his slave all around him. He has beautiful woman all around them. He has eye balls paring and lips trying to talk. There was a god of fire cage. It was all in darkness. Ravana dreams of Rama’s dream.

After the dream Ravana wakes up. He asks for the meaning of his dream. Why Sita is in his dream. The magicians said to kill Rama. Then the Magicians said that Rama destroyed Kara’s army.

Ravana said that he would take Rama’s wife. And feed Rama’s body to his sister. The magicians asked how? Ravana said he would send Maricha the magic deer. Ravana’s laughter echoes everywhere. Then Rama wakes up. He only remembers that they’re in great danger.

Chapter 15

Maracha, the deer is very colorful. Sita wants to capture it. Sita becomes entranced with it. Lakshmana warns her not to chase it. Sita said that she wasn’t afraid. Rama said he would get the deer for her.

He chases the deer. And a creature attacks him. He cries out, and Sita hears him. Sita urges Lakshmana to go help Rama. The deer tricks Rama to follow it into the deer. Rama finally overtakes the deer. The deer turns into a monster. The creature tears Rama’s shoulder.

Sita convinces Lakshmana to go help Rama. Rama shoots Maracha with an arrow. It dies. Sita is captured by Ravana, who takes her in his chariot to Lanka.

Part 3 The Battle
chapter 16

Lakshmana searches for Sita. Rama is sad. Rama sees Sita in nature. Rama feels like he can’t live without Sita. They come to the valley of the monkeys.

chapter 17

Rama greats the birds. They ask the birds if they saw Sita. They see Ravana’s footprints. Ravana turned the place into a waste land find Sita’s bracelet. They see eyes that are watching them. It was Hanuman’s eyes, the great white monkey. Hanuman tells the story of how they saw Sita. He tells about Sugriva, he will help find Sita. He said to save Sita is to save the earth. Rama convinces his brother to go to Sugreeva. Lakshmana said that he is only an animal. They went to the valley of the monkeys.

King Sugreeva sat in his tree, he awakened when he heard them.

chapter 18

Army of monkeys march past Rama. Rama gives Hanuman Sita’s bracelet. The troops leave. Rama stays with Sugreeva.

there is a full moon when Hanuman returns. Sugreeva says that there quest for Sita is not over. Sugreeva tells the birds to meet where the great water begins.

chapter 19

The Ocean said Sita is gone. She needs to come back or else spring won’t return.

Rama touches Sampathi. Sampathi becomes glorious again. Sampathi goes in search for Sita. The sea promises to hold the bridge, they will build.

Sampathi returns. He said, “I have found Sita.”

’’Hanuman announces, “Sita is in the garden of Ravana’s palace.”

“Now we are ready to save Sita from the eternal winter. We’ll attack Ravana,” said, Sugriva.

They cross the river to lanka. They see a destroyed land.

“I must search for Sita alone,” said Rama.

The city is ruined, people are dying,and corpus are every where. The monkeys spread fire to city. Rama faces the demon, warriors of Ravana. There is a battle cry, the monkeys battle the demon. It is a long battle. Rama finally faces Ravana. Lakshmana attacks Ravana he plunges his sword into Ravana. Ravana stomps on Lakshmana. Rama and Hanuman wept for Lakshmana’s death.

Rama goes to Ravana’s palace. Rama shoots him with an arrow. Ravana’s last worlds were, “Who would have thought a mortal would defeat evil.

Ravana’s blood flows. It fertilizes the ground, leaves and flowers grow. The song of eternal renewal.

part 4
Chapter 20

Rama asks for Kaikeyi. She blows up. She is the evil wife of Ravana. Now that Ravana is dead, there is spring. Sita arrives. She gives him a special gift:

A SEED OF LIFE.



THE STORY OF RAMA
based on Rama: a Legend, by Jamake Highwater
retold by: John K

Characters of the story
Dasaratha: King of Ayodhya
Rama: King’s first-born son
Sita: Rama’s wife
Lakshmana: Rama’s brother
Kausalya: Rama’s mother
Kaikeyi: King’s second wife
Hanuman: Leader of the monkey tribe
Ravana: 10 headed king of Lanka

Part 1 Ch. 1

In long India there was a prince who’s name was Rama who embarked on a adventure that started like this. One day Rama heard a scream. Ahhhhhhh! Rama came and saw a arm out of the ground then he hears the sound of fertility. Then there was a eclipse. (like a demon eating the sun) Then Rama started digging then the farmers joined him. Soon they uncovered a young beautiful. They soon uncovered a young beautiful lady. Suddenly the arm grab Rama and and he fainted.

Ch.2

In the palace Rama was on his bed . Lakshmana was kneeled before Rama . He was praying for his brother while people where dancing on living coals for his spirit to returned to him. Rama’s father gets all of his healers to try and heal Rama.

Ch.3

Rama’s mother Kausalya, came to to the palace which she was never to return. She pleaded King Dasaratha to become Rama’s nurse. Then she said that there is someone who can help Rama. Then she said that the sorceress Sita can help him. Rama then yelled then King Dasaratha gave orders to prepare to leave.

Ch.4

The people came with Dasaratha and they carried Rama with them. As they moved Rama felt winter around himself even though it was spring. Later on he woke up and saw a pair of tiger eyes.

Ch.5

Rama saw a beautiful women and ask his brother “Who is that women”? “What women his brother”, Lakshmana replied. Rama then knew that the women was just a dream. Rama act like a newborn infant and through the day he thought of the beautiful women. Rama and his acommplices had a tour of the palace. He saw elephants battle and belly dancers. Finally they saw King Janaka...

HE WAS A DWARF!!!!! A dwarf who’s dressed in rags like a peasant. So this was the demon Janaka. “Hello”, he said “I am King Janaka. Welcome to Janaka”. He told Rama some history of Janaka then introduced them his daughter Sita.

There was a green mist and then appeared Sita. The most beautiful creature Rama has ever seen. Then just as she appeared she disappear into the green mist.

Ch.6

Then Rama wanted to marry Sita. “Why won’t she speak”? he asked “She is muted”, Janaka answered. “Only one worthy will win her heart”, he answered. “What is the test”, said Rama. “What are you driven by”? Janaka asked. “Courage”, said Lakshmana. “Love”, said Rama. Janaka then yelled, “Bring in the Tiger Bow”! 500 men came in the room carrying a iron carriage.

One man opened the box and there was nothing. “How can man conquer what he cannot see”, said Lakshmana. Rama came up and saw a outline of it then green mist came in and with that he saw the Tiger Bow! He took this weapon of invisibility and strung an arrow and shot it to the heavens and with that arrow became a comet and it exploded in that starry night.

Ch.7

Janaka in that time was the happiest place in India. It was raining, but lightly.When Rama saw Sita it was magic. She was beautiful. Then when the Rama said, “I do”. Sita awoke from her goddesses. “Who’s this”, said Sita. “Your husband”, answered Rama and she smiled.

Ch.8

King Dasaratha saw his old age creeping up and decided to give the throne to Rama. This was good news to many and bad news to some. Khooni Khakis servant was eavesdropping. Khooni went to Kaikeyi’s room and told her that Rama was going to be crowned king. “Its all because of that Sita”, Kaikeyi said. “She is a monster”, she continued. “Tomorrow I will make sure Rama is not crowned king”, she said.

Ch.9

“I don’t want to be disturbed” said King Dasaratha. Kaikeyi came in and told him that she has two wishes. “What are they”, the king asked 1 stop the coronation. And 2 exile Rama for 14 years. “What kind of monster are you”, said King Dasaratha. “Don’t you remember that you gave me two boons when we were married”, she said.

Ch.10

So it became that Rama was exile into the forbidding forests his companions Lakshmana and Sita. “Don’t cry for me”, said Rama.

PART2
THE EXILE

CH.11

The troop have not gone far when messengers came along and told them that Kaikeyi had stolen the throne and that Rakshasas rule the kingdom. “We must return to Ahyodia”, said Lakshmana. “No” said Rama. “Mother said we should stay here so lets stay here”, he continued. “Tell mother we will return in four seasons”, said Lakshmana.

Ch.12

The group came to a lake with lotus floating on top of the water. Lakshmana built Rama and Sita a hut made out of bamboo sticks and leaves. While hunting in the forest Rama and Lakshmana saw a Rakshasas. It was a hideous. Suddenly the monster saw Rama and had a aura. The demon ran and disappeared into the forbidding forest. In the morning a beautiful women appeared. Rama thought the lady was a (forage of nature). “Are you the god of love”, she said. “Who are you?” said Rama. “Soorpanaka sister of Ravana king of Lanka”, said Soorpanaka. “I want to marry you”, said Soorpanaka. “I’m already married”, said Rama. And with that he pointed to Sita. “She is a demonic magician”, said Soorpanaka.

And with that Soorpanaka lunged at Sita. “I will devour her”, said Soorpanaka. But before she could Lakshmana cut off her ears and noses. Soorpanaka turned to her true form and disappeared into the forest.

Ch.13

Garuda saw a immense army of Rakshasas. He quickly went to Rama’s hut and warned him about the army. Rama went out side and got his sacred bow and arrow. He went to confront the invaders. Rama said, “Who are you?” Kara the Rakshasas general replied, “I’m Kara general of this great army you see. We have orders to take you to my king, Ravana.” “And if I refuse”, said Rama. “We’ll kill you”, replied Kara.

So Rama entered the realm of war. Sita screamed for Rama and the animals helped him. Rama and Garuda killed Kara's army and then Kara started to advance to Rama. Garuda was going down to pick up Kara, but failed to. Kara picked up his bow and shot a arrow in Garuda’s heart. The bird fell dead. No matter how much Rama shot at Kara he would not die. “You will die mortal”, said Kara. Then Rama took out his golden arrow and shot it at the demon’s head. The demon’s head exploded and the head turn out to be full of spider.

Ch.14

Rama that night dreamt of a distant island. There was a demoned who was king and all the kings bowed to him. He also dreamt of the king kidnapping his wife. Little does Rama know that Ravana is dreaming of Rama and Sita. As Rama sleeps so does the plot of Ravana kidnapping and marrying Sita.

Ch.15

Sita was sitting on the porch of her house. When she saw a beautiful deer. It was made out of gold and silver and rubies. Sita was trying to persuade the creature. The deer was very strange for it did not come to Sita. The deer led Sita deeper into the forest. Lakshmana yelled for Sita to come back. “That deer is a thing of evil”, said Lakshmana. Sita laughed. Sita then asked Rama to catch the deer. Rama said “yes.”

So Rama went to catch the deer. The deer led him deeper into the forest. When Rama Shot the deer the deer turned into a Rakshasa. The Rakshasa name was Maricha (Ravana’s magician). With his last breath Maricha made his voice like Ramas and said, “Lakshmana help me.” Back at the house Sita heard Rama’s voice. Lakshmana was not convince, but Sita convince him to go help Rama. When Lakshmana met Rama explained after he was done They heard a scream...

Part 3
The Battle

CH.16

Rama and Lakshmana learned that Ravana has kidnapped Sita. Rama and Lakshmana then entered a wasteland. They see Ravana’s footprint. Rama found Sita’s ring. The men soon find out that this is a trail. They then enter the Canopy of the Monkeys.

Ch.17

The group are greeted by Haunuman. The men soon learn that the monkeys saw Ravana and that swans tried to stop Ravana. The men and monkeys then swear kingship.

Ch.18

The monkeys send out scouts to find Sita. Rama although wants to go can’t go. Days later Haunuman reported a island...

Ch.19

The men went to the island Rama asked the ocean if it had seen Sita. It had seen Sita. Rama then convince thew ocean if it will let them cross. It told them a to cross. They croosed and they soon were fighting. Rama saw Ravana. Rama killed and peace was restored in Lanka.

Ch.20

Rama found out that Kaikeyi was Ravana’s wife and she blew up! Rama found Sita and the couple ruled Ayodhya for 1,000 years. When the couple were crowned Sita gave Rama a seed.

The
End



THE STORY OF RAMA
based on Rama: a Legend, by Jamake Highwater
retold by: Alex J.


Characters: 1. Dasaratha - King of Ayodhya
2. Rama - King’s first-born son
3. Sita - Rama’s wife
4. Lakshmana - Rama’s brother
5. Kausalya - Rama’s mother
6. Kaikeyi - king’s second wife
7. King Janaka - ‘father’ of Sita
8. Hanuman - leader of monkey tribe
9. Ravana - 10-headed King of Lanka
10. Garuda - great bird (eagle)
11. Sugriva - king of monkey people

PART 1
THE KINGDOM

CHAPTER 1

IT WAS A DEAD BODY! There is a sound. A sound of fertility. “Don’t touch it. It is evil,” the workers said. At that moment there was an eclipse.

The body had not been cremated. Rama and the workers dug it out by hand. The song became a green mist. They find it’s body. It grabs Rama. Then Rama collapsed.

CHAPTER 2

They are at the palace of King Dasaratha in Ayodhya. Some people play the drums. They walk across coals to save Prince Rama. The mourners cry. He is in a semi coma. Lakshmana his brother is at his side.

The king called healers from the mountain to save his life. The king sits with young queen Kaikeyi. She wants to be the real queen over Queen Kausalya. She is the mother of Rama. Dasaratha is very sad. It is a sad time at the kingdom.

CHAPTER 3

“I can save Rama. I have the special power of love,” says Kausalya. “Rama is the river that flows from me.” Kaikeyi is mean and envious.

Kausalya says, “There is a king in a faraway land with magic. It is the palace of King Janaka, the demon. My handmaid Kara knows about him.” She wants Kara set free. “She can lead us to King Janaka,” she said. “His daughter can revive Rama from slumber,” explained the wise men. “She’s a sorceress!” Sita is her name.

All of a sudden green fire appears. Rama rises from slumber. He cries out, “HELP!” Then he falls back into slumber.

CHAPTER 4

They carry Rama to King Janaka. “I’m trapped!” he cries in his mind. “Carry him through the jungle,” says King Dasaratha. It is winter in his body and spring all around.

They finally get to the palace of King Janaka. Rama sees monkeys and bats in his semi-coma. He sees a ferocious creature with tiger eyes.

CHAPTER 5

Rama awakens from his semi-coma. He feels himself breathing. It is the sound of grass growing. He is born as a newborn child. He sees a beautiful women. Rama is walking like a newborn infant. Doesn’t remember the illness he had. All he can remember is the women’s face.

“It was a horrible creature in the cave when Rama was taken,” Dasaratha said. “Maybe it’s your spirit wife,” thought Kausalya.

They got a grand tour of the palace. They find an arena where elephants are fighting. They go to the assembly hall to wait for King Janaka. The mysterious king is feared everywhere so they are tense. The regular people bow to him.

King Janaka comes. He is not a demon at all. He is small. In his hand he had wheat. He is dressed in rags. Only a dwarf. They finally notice he is floating above the ground. “Take this wheat Queen Kausalya,” Janaka insisted. Then Kausalya ate the wheat. All of a sudden she became young.

“Sita, please come here!” Janaka hollered. Then the green mist came back. Out of it came Sita. “That is the women of my dreams,” Rama said remembering her in his dream.

“I found her in a plowed field,” explained Janaka. Rama starts going to Sita. The king stops him. “You must be worthy of her,” Janaka said. Then Sita vanished.

CHAPTER 6

“To take the hand of Sita you must pass the test of self spirit,” King Janaka said. “What about the test? What happened to the others who competed for Sita?” asked Rama. Janaka answered, “The ones who competed for Sita lost. Then they made up stories about “tyrant” Janaka and his “armies”. They made me into a monster. They were angry they lost my daughter. Sita brought drought and famine to them. So they would attack Janaka.”

Now they went to they test. “First question. Are you driven by anger or compassion?” Janaka asked. “I’m driven by courage,” answered Lakshmana. “Love,” said Rama.

“Bring the bow! Whoever lifts the magic bow will get Sita,” Janaka said. Suddenly dancers appeared. 500 men were pulling the box with the bow. Then they place the bow on the ground. It is sacred. The bow turns invisible in the middle of the circle.

“You have to lift the ethereal bow, and shoot an arrow with it into the heavens,” said King Janaka. “How can you conquer what you can’t see?” asked Lakshmana.

Rama searches his heart for an answer. Green mist appears and becomes part of the circle. He can see the outlining of the bow. When he touches it, it becomes visible. Then he picks it up, and shoots it into space.

CHAPTER 7

The herald proclaims the message that everyone is invited to the wedding of Rama and Sita. Every animal goes. So do hermits, holy men, and heroes. They wait for the ceremony. The cloud covers the sun and green mist appears. It starts to rain with lightning. There’s a song. Out of the green mist comes Sita. The moon comes out. Sita appears as a goddess.

The moon leans on the sun. They also get married. “Sita will become mortal when she marries Rama,” Janaka spoke. Then he sprinkled her with holy water. Rama takes Sita’s hand in marriage. Sita awakens into human life from “dream.”

CHAPTER 8

King Dasaratha is getting old. Kaikeyi doesn’t accept Rama and Sita. “The throne is no place for an old king,” thought Dasaratha. He decides to give the throne to his son. He goes to his sons. “One of you will be my successor!” he said. Then he chooses Rama.

That night Dasaratha had a premonition. A demon approaches which is the maid. She is the servant of Kaikeyi.

CHAPTER 9

Kaikeyi goes to see the king. The king is getting dressed for the coronation. She barges into the chamber. “I’m ready to use my two boons,” she said. “I want make my son heir to the throne because I’m pregnant,” she said. “You are a demon!” he yells. But he has to give her the promise.

“My second one is to have Rama sent into exile to the forest.” Garuda the eagle, Hanuman the great white monkey, and all the other animals weep.

CHAPTER 10

“You mustn’t go!” cried Queen Kausalya. “I have to go,” Rama said. “Let me go with you,” said Kausalya. “I must go alone,” Rama said. “At least let Lakshmana go with you,” Kausalya said. “I’ll go with him,” said Lakshmana.

Sita appeared. She’s dressed in humble clothing. “I will also go with you,” she said. “Yes, let her go,” said Queen Kausalya.

PART 2
THE EXILE

CHAPTER 11

Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita leave Ayodhya. Later when they’re in the forest, Dasaratha’s messengers arrive. “Dasaratha is dead!” they said. “Kausalya wants you to stay in the forest because Kaikeyi has seized power.”

“We must listen to to your mother,” said Sita. “Grieve for your dead father.”

They continue on their journey. They go through the rain forest. Sita is regaining her earthly powers. In the mountainous area Garuda makes a calling sound really loud from the mountain. Garuda is a friend of Dasaratha. They see a volcano that’s called Anak Kvakatau.

CHAPTER 12

They settle at a river of dreams. They make their house out of thatch, bamboo, and clay. Lakshmana is the one that built it.

Rama sees Sita everywhere in nature. Garuda sounds a warning about an invader. They see it. It is eating a deer with blood gushing from his mouth. Aura comes. When it sees Aura, it runs away.

Later Rama sees a beautiful women. She thinks Rama is the god of love. Her name is Soorpanaka. She wants to throw everything away for Rama. “I refuse to be your husband,” said Rama.

“Get rid of Sita, and then take me,” she said. Rama defends Sita. Lakshmana chops off her ears and nose. She bleeds green blood. Then she disintegrates. She turns into a monster.

CHAPTER 13

Army of demons come to Rama’s house. Garuda warns Rama. Rama takes bow and arrows. The army is sent by Soorpanaka. Demon commander Kara wants to take Rama to King Ravana. Sita screams.

There is darkness. Blood is coming from the sky. The sun vanishes. Creatures shriek. Explosions come from everywhere. Arrows don’t hurt Rama. Sita screams. Garuda helps by dropping demons from the sky. Kara shoots down Garuda. He dies.

Rama is getting angry. “Surrender now, or you’ll die,” said Rama. “Sita watches over me.” Rama hits Kara with an arrow and she bursts into flames. Out of him comes spiders and worms. He dies. It all ends with sun and the moon together.

CHAPTER 14

Sita and Rama are relaxing. Rama is in the land of dreams. Sita is still worrying about Soorpanaka’s love for Rama. “Rama, Ravana is dreaming I’m his wife and you are his slave,” said Sita. “Why don’t you dream Ravana’s dream.”

In Ravana’s dream he sees himself at the throne. Ravana is dreaming Rama’s dream.

In Rama’s dream he sees kings of the past. They are slaves of Ravana. Also he has beautiful women as slaves. There’s a cage with the god of fire. Against the walls are death chains. Ravana wakes up after dreaming Rama’s dream. Magicians can’t help him with the meaning of his dreams. “Sita is Rama’s wife,” the magicians said. “KILL RAMA!” said Ravana. “I’ll take his wife and feed Rama’s body to my sister. Ha! Ha! Ha!”

Rama wakes up after dreaming Ravana’s dream. He only remember’s that they’re in great danger.

CHAPTER 15

They see a deer. It materializes. Sita wants to capture the deer. She becomes entranced with it. “Don’t chase the deer, Sita,” Lakshmana warns. “ I’m not afraid of it,” said Sita. “How can something so beautiful be evil?” Rama said, “I’ll get the deer for you,” said Rama.

Rama chases the deer down. It attacks Rama. He cries out, “HELP!” Sita hears his cry. “Go help him,” Sita said to Lakshmana. He goes to help him. Rama shoots the deer with an arrow. It was Maricha. Sita is captured by Ravana. He takes her into celestial chariot to Lanka.

PART 3
THE BATTLE

CHAPTER 16

Lakshmana and Rama are looking for Sita. There are days of great rain. Rama is very melancholy. Rama sees Sita everywhere in nature. Rama feels like he can’t live without Sita. Finally sunlight appears. They are in the valley of the monkeys.

CHAPTER 17

“Hello birds,” said Rama. “Have you seen Sita?” he asked. No reply. They enter the scorched earth. Ravana’s footprint is in it. He turned the place into a waste land. They find Sita’s bracelet. It’s a trail for them to follow.

They see a lake. They hurry there. Eyes are watching them all over. Get to the lake. They are yellow eyes. There is a great white monkey. His name is Hanuman. He tells his story of how he saw Sita. “Sugriva is king of all monkeys. He will help you.”

His powers are to change form at will. “I promise to find Sita,” said Hanuman. “I believe in you, Hanuman,” said Rama.

King Sugriva is in his tree. Lakshmana goes to him. “ We’ve been waiting for you,” said Sugriva. “The swans tried to save Sita.” Then they lit the sacred fire. “The army of monkeys will try to save Sita,” Sugriva said.

CHAPTER 18

The army of monkeys march past Rama. The Council of War. A group of monkeys goes in each direction. North, south, east, and west. Hanuman goes south. He has the clouded mountains. They jump across a river of crocodiles. Then there is the dense jungle. Then beyond this is the sea. Off of the sea there is a skull island. Rama gives Hanuman the bracelet. “It will show that you are my messenger,” said Rama. The troops leave. Rama stays with Sugriva.

Rama is getting impatient. “Be patient,” said Sugriva. Messenger from the north comes back. “I found nothing,” he said. There was the same reply from the east and west. At this time Hanuman returns. “I went as far south as the great ocean,” he said. “There was nothing but the end of the world.”

“Our quest for Sita is not over,” Sugriva said. “We are going to ask Sampathi the magical bird for help,” he said. “That vulture won’t be able to do it,” said Hanuman. “Fly all you creatures. Tell all the monkeys to meet where the water begins,” said Sugriva.

CHAPTER 19

“The sea is the cradle of life,” said the ocean. “Rivers all hurry back to me.” Rama wants to shoot the ocean. “You can’t kill eternity,” the ocean said. “I’m willing to do anything to get back Sita,” said Rama. “Sita is gone. She needs to return or spring won’t return,” explained the ocean. “Did you see Sita die?” asked Rama. “No. A demon king took her away across the water,” said the ocean.

Rama touches Sampathi. Sampathi becomes a glorious bird again. The bird goes in search of Sita. The sea promises to hold the bridge they build. “I found Sita!” Sampathi said when he returned.

The monkeys start building a bridge. Hanuman announces, “Sita is in the garden of Ravana’s palace.” “Now we’re ready to save Sita from eternal winter,” said Sugriva. “We’ll attack Ravana.”

They cross into Lanka. They see a destroyed land. “I must search for Sita alone,” Rama said. The city is ruined and corpses are lying everywhere. The monkeys spread fire to the city. Rama faces off with the demons. The monkeys help Rama fight the demons. It is a very long battle. Rama finally faces Ravana. Lakshmana attacks Ravana. Ravana plunged his sword into Lakshmana. Then he stomps on Lakshmana. Rama and Hanuman weep for his death.

Rama goes to Ravana’s palace. Ravana is shot by Rama’s arrow. “Who would of thought a mortal would defeat evil,” were Ravana’s last words. His blood flows and fertilizes the ground. The leaves and flowers grow. There is a song of eternal renewal.

PART 4
THE THRONE

CHAPTER 20

They are back at the palace. “I need to speak to Kaikeyi,” said Rama. Kaikeyi comes to Rama. She blows up because she is evil wife of Ravana. “Now let there be springtime in our kingdom!” announced Rama.

Then Sita arrives. She gives Rama a special gift. It is a seed. A SEED OF LIFE.



THE STORY OF RAMA
based on Rama: a Legend, by Jamake Highwater
retold by: Britton N.

Characters:
1. Dasaratha - King of Ayodhya
2. Rama - King’s first-born son
3. Sita - Rama’s wife
4. Lakshmana - Rama’s brother
5. Kausalya - Rama’s mother
6. Kaikeyi - king’s second wife
7. King Janaka - ‘father’ of Sita
8. Hanuman - leader of monkey tribe
9. Ravana - 10-headed King of Lanka
10. Garuda - great bird (eagle)
11. Sugriva - king of monkey people

PART I THE
KINGDOM

Ch.1

It all started when a young prince named Rama was walking through a plowed field. He found a dead body. Suddenly Rama heard a sound of fertility. Then an eclipse happened. Rama looked at the sun and it looked like a demon eating the sun. The body wasn’t cremated. A curse Had been put there. He uncovers a beautiful green haired young women and he helps her to her feet But as soon as he grabs her he falls to the ground.

Ch. 2

At the palace of Dasaratha they were having a ceremony to save prince Rama. He’s in a semi-coma and his brother Lakshmana was at his side. Everyone is scared because a cloud of death is hovering over the kingdom. King Dasaratha calls for his healers, and his two wives.

Ch.3

Ramas mother, Kaulsalia asks to be his nurse because she loves him and says that he is a river that flows from her. She tells Dasaratha of a far away kingdom past the valley of the moon. Kaulsalia tells him the story of how a maid came from the kingdom of Janaka and that Janaka's daughter has the power to heal Rama. “They say that she is the most beautiful thing in the world” says kaulsalia. “what is her name” says Dasaratha “her name is Sita” says Kaulsalia. “Then we must find this man named janaka.

Ch.4

They travel to the land of janaka. Rama, even though he is asleep he feels winter all around him but it is really a beautiful spring day. When Rama wakes up he sees a creature.......

Ch.5

Rama looks up from the bed and and sees a beautiful women. “Lakshmana who is that women” Rama said “there is no women Rama you are seeing things”. They all go on a grand tour of the palace. When they turn the corner they see an elephant battle. They enter a room that is dark and has a huge door in the middle. When the door opens a little man comes out that is hovering and he has a little wheat stock. He gives it to kaulsalia and she becomes young and beautiful again.

The king calls for his daughter and out of the green mist comes Sita. The king tells them how he found her in a furrow and that is how she got her name. He also tells them how she is mute and you can’t touch her unless you are married to her but if you touch her when you are not married to her you will be shocked to death. Then she turns and walks back into the green mist.

Ch.6

King Janaka announces that only a test would prove that they would be good enough to be her husband. Janaka tells the story of how other men had tried it before but failed and then they told story's of how Janaka was a terrible monster and that is why no one comes to my kingdom. “We will take the test” says Lakshmana. Very well, are you driven by anger or compassion. “courage” says Lakshmana, “love” says Rama.

Next you must find the invisible tiger bow, whoever finds it gets Sita. 500 men appear bringing a huge case. Lakshmana says “how can a man conquer what he can not see?” “Rama do withdraw like your brother” all of the sudden green mist filled the room and Rama could see the bow he grabs it and shot an arrow so hard that it kept going forever.

Ch.7

Rama and Sita get married in a courtyard. After they get married Sita awakens from a dream and asks “who is this man”. “I am your husband Rama” said Rama then she looks at him and smiles.

Ch.8

Dasaratha awoke and looked in his mirror and realizes how old he looks and decides to give up his throne. He calls for his two sons Rama and Lakshmana and they decided to give the throne to Rama. When Keikeyi finds out she decides to ruin and stop the coronation.

Ch.9

Early in the mourning keikeyi tells the king of her two boons. She wants her son to be king and wants Rama to go into exile. Then she tells Dasaratha that she is pregnant.

Ch.10

When Rama hears of this he is okay with it and he tells his mother goodbye. Then Lakshmana and Sita say that they will go with him.

PART 2 THE
EXILE

CH.11

When Rama and the rest of the crew is walking through the forest two horsemen came down the path with news that Dasaratha had died. The two brothers found out that keykeyi had stolen the thrown they want to go back but Sita doesn’t let them. When they were on the way up the magical mountain they see a bird named Garuda.

Ch.12

They cross a river of dreams and then Lakshmana builds a hut for them. Sita senses an intruder and it is an evil demon who uses its evil magic to turn into a beautiful women. She wants Rama to be her husband but he refuses. Soopanaka (evil demon) sees sita and wonts to destroy her.

Ch.13

Army of demons approach and Garuda warns them of the demons. The demons take Rama and Sita screams and all the animals help Rama fight off the demons Garuda tries to help fight off kara but kara cuts off Garuda's wing. Rama gets very angry and kills all the demons. Then Rama shoots Kara in the eye and he dies.

Ch.14

Rama and Sita relax in there hut but Sita still worries. So she tells Rama to dream of Ravana.......Rama sees a ten headed monster and there is sculls and blood all around him. Ravana dreams of Ramas dream and Rama dreams of Ravana's dream. Then Ravana wakes up and shouts at everyone to tell him what his dream meant. Magicians tell him that “the beautiful women in your dream is Ramas wife. Ravana wants Sita to be his wife and he wants Rama to DIE!

Then Rama awakens and all he remembers is that he and everyone is in great DANGER!!

Ch.15

Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana all go outside and Sita sees a beautiful gold deer and she says she wants it. Lakshmana tells her that it is evil and tells Rama not to go after it. Rama goes after it anyway and the deer tricks him into going deeper and deeper into the forest.

Rama finally catches it and the deer turns into a monster Rama cries out in surprise. Sita convinces Lakshmana to go help Rama. Rama shoots the evil demon and it freezes in mid-air and he dies. Sita is captured by an evil demon (Ravana) and fly's away in a celestial chariot, and is taking her to Lanka.

PART 3
THE BATTLE

Ch.16

The two brothers search for Sita in the land of the volcano. Rama feels like he cannot live without her. Finally sunlight appears and they see the valley of the monkeys.

Ch.17

They see Ravana's foot print in the earth and everywhere Ravana steeps there is a wasteland. They find Sita's bracelet. Then Lakshmana sees a lake and they hurry down to it because they think Sita might be there. They see gleaming yellow eyes watching them. Then all of the sudden a great white monkey and he says his name is Hanuman. He tells the story o how swans try to rescue Sita but swans where burnt by Ravana's flames. They go see Sugriva the king of the monkeys.

Ch.18

Rama meets king Sugriva, and Sugriva says “that he will send his army north, south, east, and west in order to find Sita. Hanuman will go south and the other army's will go the other directions. Since Rama had so much faith in Hanuman that he gave him Sita’s bracelet. Rama stays behind and gets impatient and then the troops come back and they say that they haven’t seen anything. Finally Hanuman returns and says that he couldn’t get past an ocean. Then Sugriva sends all the birds in the land to tell all the monkeys to meet at the place were the great waters meet.

Ch.19

They go to the ocean and the ocean says that he wants Sita to come back because if she doesn’t then spring won’t come. So the monkeys build bridge and then go across it. The monkeys battle the demons and the battle rages on for a long time. Rama finally battles Ravana and then all of the sudden Lakshmana attaks Ravana and then Ravana kills Lakshmana. Rama get’s angry and goes to Ravana’s palace and shoots him with an arrow. He dies and there is a song of eternal renewal.

PART 4 THE THRONE
Ch.20

Rama asks for Keykeyi and when she comes she blows up because she is Ravana’s evil wife. Sita comes to Rama and gives him a special gift.......A SEED OF LIFE!

THE END



THE STORY OF RAMA
based on Rama: a Legend, by Jamake Highwater
retold by Aimee S.

Characters:
1. Dasaratha - King of Ayodhya
2. Rama - King’s first-born son
3. Sita - Rama’s wife
4. Lakshmana - Rama’s brother
5. Kausalya - Rama’s mother
6. Kaikeyi - king’s second wife
7. King Janaka - ‘father’ of Sita
8. Hanuman - leader of monkey tribe
9. Ravana - 10-headed King of Lanka
10. Garuda - great bird (eagle)
11. Sugriva - king of monkey people

PART ONE-THE KINGDOM

Ch.1
One day while Prince Rama was walking in a field he found a dead body. Rama sang a song of fertility.There was warning that there was a curse on the body because it was not properly buried. Rama and the workers dug with there hands to uncover the body. Song became green mist which spread over a spring(meadow). They uncovered the body and it was a woman with green hair. Then all of a sudden her hand reached up and choked Rama, putting him in coma.

Ch.2
They rush Rama to the palace of the king (city Ayodhya.) There are drums, fire dance by Temple dancers-walk on hot coals to save Rama. Lakshmana (brother) is at his side. Rama’s dad the king calls healers from all over the world to save Rama’s life. King sits by his second wife Kaikeyi (captive of war). Kaikeyi wants to be real queen. The king is sad and weeps for his son. It is a sad time in the kingdom.

Ch.3
Rama’s mom Kaulsalya asks to be Rama’s nurse. She said she could save him by the gift of love. “Rama is the river that flows from me.’’ Young queen Kaikeyi is jealous and walks away. Kaulsalya says there's "magic’’ in a far away kingdom past the valley, past the volcano, Guruda, and a cave, in king Janaka’s palace.

Kaulsalya’s maid came from Janaka, so that’s how she knows. The slave Kara still lives - she was set free to return to Janaka.

Kings daughter has power to save Rama. Some call her (sorceress & some beautiful) (power of live & death). King Dasaratha said, "We must find her. What is her name?’’ Her name is Sita. All of a sudden there was a green light- Rama rises - cries for help, falls. King Dasaratha said that they will go find King Janaka & Sita.

Ch.4xx
They carried Rama on his bed so he could see the moon & stars. They traveled through the jungle in the valley of the moon. It feels like winter to Rama because he is dead - spring around him. They made it to the palace and there in the palace Rama feels monkeys, lizards, and bats. Rama woke up and saw a ferocious creature with tiger eyes, purple knotted skin, and a chest of a women.

Ch.5
Rama can hear his own breathing. He hears the grass & flowers growing. He was born as a new child. He sees this light, in the bright he sees a beautiful women, in a blink of an eye she was gone. Rama asked Lakshmana ‘’who was that beautiful women I just saw?’’ Lakshmana said "there is no women.’’ Rama could not remember; all he could remember was the beautiful face of the women. Rama’s mom said, " it was just a sweet dream.’’ Rama’s father said, ’’ It was a terrible creature, a sorceress.’’ Mother said, ’’ It was a spirt wife.’’

They went on a grand tour of the palace, there in the palace they went by this one area where elephants were fighting. They were going to see king Janaka. There was lots of music and other things like a chorus, trumpets, and ect. to welcome the king.

Everyone bowed down to the king as he entered through the big gold doors. Guess what walked in those gold doors? A little boy with no hair, old rags for clothes, and a sprage of wheat. He did not walk on the ground, he floated in thin air. He floated over to Kausalya and handed her the sprage of wheat. When he handed the wheat to her she became young & beautiful. King Janaka calls his daughter from a green mist in the corner, all of a sudden there was a noise and a slim girl named Sita walked out of the corner. (sita means furrow.)

King Janaka said that he found Sita while plowing his field, so he made her his daughter. Rama remembered Sita from his dream. They could not touch Sita because she was in mute. Rama fell in love with Sita and asked for her hand but king Janaka said he had to prove he was worthy so he could marry so she could talk again. Then Sita disappeared.

Ch.6
King Janaka said that Rama had to pass a test to get Sita. The king started talking about all the other people who tried to get Sita. Finally King Janaka told Rama & Lakshmana the test because Lakshmana wanted Sita’s hand to. This is the test: Answer this question, Are you driven by anger or compassion. Laksmana’s answer COURAGE! Rama’s answer LOVE!

2nd part of test: The tiger bow. The tiger bow is where you have to lift the bow and shot into the air. Dancers appear, and 500 men came in carrying the tiger bow. The tiger bow was covered up with a sheet. They put the bow in the middle of the court and took off the sheet, THERE WAS NOTHING! The bow was invisible. They had to pick up an invisible bow and shot an invisible arrow into space.
Lakshmana said: “how can a man conquer what he can not see?’’ So Lakshmana pulled out. All of a sudden there was a green light that filled the court and in the green light Rama could make out the outline of the tiger bow. So Rama picked up an arrow and shot the arrow into the air.

Ch.7
King Janaka made a proclamation that everybody was invited to the wedding of Rama & Sita. Creatures of the land sea, and air came to the wedding. Hermits, Holy men, & heros came to. They all assembled in the court yard, family, and all the others. Rama enters in through the gold gates with bow up in the air. Priests wait for an auspicious sign. Green mist comes as if like a sign has come. Out of the green mist came Sita. Sun & moon get wed. (Rama is moon & Sita is the sun) Rama puts a bracelet on Sita’s wrist. The king said that Sita will become mortal. Sita got sprinkled with holy water. Sita all of a sudden woke up like from a dream, she asked Rama who he was, he said he was her husband.

Ch.8 King Dasaratha looked in a mirror on day and saw his old age. Young Queen Kaikeyi didn’t like Rama & Sita- she feels evil / strange. King Dasaratha is in melancholy/ depression. He wanted to give up his crown so he called in Rama & Lakshmana. Lakshmana told his dad that Rama should have the crown. King Dasaratha had a bad dream that night of bad fortune. Tomorrow Rama will be crowned. Rama promised to keep it a secret. Rama could feel something evil in the air (demon). Kooni the servant of Kaikeyi tells her about Rama’s coronation. Kaikeyi blames Sita because she thinks she is a monster. Kaikeyi planned to ruin Rama’s coronation.

Ch.9
King Dasaratha did not want to be disturbed because he was getting dressed. Kaikeyi tells the king the two vows he promised her. #1: To make son heir to throne. #2 To grant her any wish she wants which is to send Rama into exile for 14 years.

Ch.10
The next day Rama gathered all his stuff and set off into the forest. “Don’t cry for me. I hope to discover the unexpected.’’ The people begged Rama not to go; they said, ’’in the city gates it is safe, but out beyond the gates it is dangerous.’’ To Rama it is destiny. Rama said, “to adventure you should not fear.’’ Kaulsala Said, ” DON’T GO! PLEASE DON’T GO, RAMA!”

She asked Rama if see could go with him because she would miss him so much, but he said no. So she made Lakshmana go to help him. Lakshmana said he would go. Sita arrives dressed as a widow, she wants to go to. Rama tried to convince her to stay but it did not work. Rama said there was great danger in the forest, Sita said that she came from the forest. Sita went too.

PART TWO - THE EXILE

Ch.11
They left Ayodhya. When they’re on there way 2 horse men came with a message. The message was for Rama & Lakshmana that there father was DEAD! Rama & Lakshmana wanted to go back to the city, but Sita convinced them to stay. They agree.

They entered the jungle. They were on there way to go to magic Mt. and all of a sudden they saw this great bird, his name was Garuda. He was sent from the spirt world to Rama from his father. They approached a volcano.

Ch.12
They passed the volcano and found there way to the river of dreams. There was pools, and lotus there along the stream. Lakshmana built a hut for them. Rama loves Sita so much he sees her everywhere. In the water in the sky in the flowers and in the birds songs. Garuda warns them there is an intruder. Rama gets his bow and looks for the intruder.

When the monster saw Rama it turned and ran. When Rama turned to go back to the hut he saw a beautiful women (not as beautiful as Sita.) Women said: “I thought you were the god of love, my name is Soorpanka, I’m the sister of Ravana king of Lanka.” She asked Rama to her husband, Rama refused.

Sita came walking out of the hut and Soorpanka asked Rama who this girl was. Rama said “my wife.” Soorpanka got mad and called Sita “a demonic magician.” Soorpanka wanted to destroy Sita. Soorpanka erupted into flames. Lakshmana chopped off Soorpanka’s ears, and nose. Green blood started oozing out of her wounds. She became her true form, a demon-monster. Then she ran away.

Ch.13
Soorpanka had ran back and got an army of demons and started for Rama’s hut. Garuda warned Rama. Rama takes his bow & arrows to confront the invaders. The demon commander Kara was leading them. Kara’s commands were to take Rama to his leader, king Ravana. All of a sudden black clouds covered the sky. The clouds started raining blood from the sky.

Sita yelled and awakened the forest the animals to come and help Rama. Rama fought the army of king Ravana. The arrows that they were shooting could not hurt Rama because he was like a mountain. All of a sudden Rama could hear Sita scream.

Garuda went to help Sita fight of the demons. Kara jumped and cut off Garuda’s wing - Garuda fell and died. Rama is angry and shoots demons down. Kara fights back with “arrows and serpents.” Rama tells Kara to surrender. Rama said ”Sita is looking over me.” Kara said “King commanded me to abduct her.” Kara’s skull split, spiders come out of his skull. Kara dies. Sun and moon come together.

Ch.14
Rama and Sita relax. Sita tells Rama to dream the dream Ravana is dreaming. Ravana is dreaming the dream Rama is. Rama sees Ravana sitting on a throne of blood and bones. He also sees big lips hanging in the air, they were trying to say something but they could not. Ravana woke up. “Tell me what my dream means.” “A women would not adore me .” SITA! Magicians: ”she is the wife of Rama.” Ravana: ”kill Rama.” Magicians: ”How?” Ravana;”send for Maricha. Maricha will use magic deer.” Ravana’s laughter ecoes everywhere. Rama wakes up. All he could remember was they’re in great danger.

Ch.15
A deer appears. It is very colorful. Phantom creature. Sita falls in awe with the deer. She wants to catch it. Pursues it. Lakshmana tells her it’s an evil thing. Sita said, ”How can a evil thing be so beautiful?” The deer tricked Rama and lead him into the forest. Rama finally overtook the deer. The deer turned into a monster. Rama cried out in suprised. The creature tore Rama’s shoulder.

Sita convinces Lakshmana to go help Rama. Rama shot Maricha with a arrow. He freezed in air than died. Sita gets captured by Ravana who took her in his celestial chariot to Lanka.

PART THREE - THE BATTLE

Ch.16
The two brothers found themselves in the land of the volcano. Brothers searched for Sita in the days of the monsoon. Rama is very sad and he sees Sita in all nature. Rama feels like he can’t live without her. Finally, the sun appears. They see the valley of monkeys.

Ch.17
Rama is so glad that the sun came out that he welcomed the birds back. He also asked the birds if they saw Sita. Lakshmana saw Ravana’s foot print. Wherever Ravana stepped it turned into a waste land.

They found Sita’s bracelet lying in the grass. Rama thought that was a start to a path to Sita. Lakshmana saw a lake, then they saw yellow eyes watching them. All of a sudden a white ape appeared. His name was Hanuman. Hanuman said swans tried to rescue her but they got burned to smithereens. Hanuman told them that Sugriva will help - he has power to change his form at will. Hanuman promises that the monkeys will find Sita.

Rama is glad that they will help, but Lakshmana said that they were just animals so they can’t help. Rama said just look into your self and you will see an animal. Rama convinced Lakshmana to go on the adventure. In the valley of the monkeys it is always spring, so if it is always spring there are lots of animals there. Rama had to tell Sudriva something but he could not find him. He finally found him up in his tree. “Sugriva we’ve been waiting for you.” “ We are going to have a sacred fire ceremony to swear kinship.” “Sugriva’s apes will find Sita.”

Ch.18
The army of monkeys marched past Rama like a parade. The council of leaders meet. They said that they will send four of there scouts all four directions: North, East, South, and West. Hanuman got to go South. Rama gave Hanuman Sita’s bracelet. Troops left, Rama stayed with Sugreeva. Rama got impatient. Then finally the messenger from the North came: “Nothing.”

Then the messengers came from the East & West: “No Sita.” Rama waited for hours and no Hanuman came. Then finally Hanuman returned on the full moon. He said he could not get pass the ocean. He did not see any thing.

Rama said to ask the giant bird Sampathi for help. Hanuman did not agree he thought that the vulture could not help. Hanuman said to get other birds to spread the message to tell the monkeys to meet where the great waters meet.

Ch.19
They all got the message and meet at the water(ocean). Rama wants to shot the ocean. Ocean: ”you can’t kill eternity.” Rama: ”I’ll do anything to get Sita back.” If he does not get Sita back there will be no spring, or blossoms. Rama asked the ocean if he saw Sita. She said that she say a demon carry her away across the water.

Rama touched the bird Sampathi and became glorious. He went to go look for Sita but he could not because the ocean was there. The ocean said to build a bridge and she would hold it up. The monkeys went to go get boulders, trees, and anything they could find.

A few hours back Sampathi had gone to try to find Sita. He came back and yelled, “I FOUND SITA!” He said that she is in the garden of Ravana’s palace. The animals arrived to help build the bridge. They got the bridge done in no time. Then crossed the bridge, and then they crossed Lanka.

When they crossed Lanka they saw it was a waste Land. Rama said he had to look for Sita alone. Rama went out to go look for her, in the city he saw people dying. There were corpses. Monkeys spread fire over the city. Rama then faced the demons of Ravana.

Rama gave a battle cry and the monkeys came to help. It was a very long battle. Rama finally faced Ravana. All of a sudden Lakshmana attacks and plunged into Ravana. Ravana knocked him down and stepped on Lakshmana. Rama and Hanuman weep for Lakshmana’s death.

Rama went to Ravana’s palace. Ravana was shot by Rama’s arrow. Ravana’s last words were, “who would have thought that a mortal would have defeated evil.” Ravana’s blood flowed through the city and fertilized the ground, the leaves, and the flowers, and the city was pretty again. The song of eternal renewal was heard. There was rebirth.

PART FOUR- THE THRONE.

Ch.20
Rama returned to his own city with Sita. Rama asked to see Kaikeyi, when he went to go talk to her she blew up. Kaikeyi was the wife of Ravana, so know that Ravana was dead she died too. Rama told this to the city: “Now let there be spring time in our kingdom.” Sita arrived. She gave Rama a special gift, A SEED. LIFE.

THE END



THE STORY OF RAMA
based on Rama: a Legend, by Jamake Highwater
retold by: Derek J.
Characters:
1. Dasaratha - King of Ayodhya
2. Rama - King’s first-born son
3. Sita - Rama’s wife
4. Lakshmana - Rama’s brother
5. Kausalya - Rama’s mother
6. Kaikeyi - king’s second wife
7. King Janaka - ‘father’ of Sita
8. Hanuman - leader of monkey tribe
9. Ravana - 10-headed King of Lanka
10. Sugriva - king of monkey people

Part 1 The Kingdom

Ch.1

It all started when a young prince named Rama was walking in a deep furrow and found a dead body. Then suddenly Rama heard a sound of fertility. Then an eclipse happened. Rama looked just in time to see a demon eating the sun. The body wasn’t cremated, the place had been cursed.

While Rama was digging for more information he uncovered a young, beautiful, green-haired woman. She grabs him and he is shocked. He fell to the ground in a semi coma (still breathing).

Ch.2

While Rama layed unconcience at Dasaratha’s palace the village people did a temple dance on burning coals, to make him well again. King Dasaratha (Rama’s father) ordered healers to help revive Rama. Lakshmana (Rama’s brother) and Queen Kaulsalya (Rama’s mother) had fear of death for Rama.

Ch.3

Kaulsalya asked to be Rama’s nurse because she claims to have the power to cure him. “I have the gift of love for Rama, he is the river that flows from me,” explained Kaulsalya, “ There is magic in faraway kingdom.” “ What faraway kingdom is this?” asked Dasaratha. “It is the kingdom of Janaka,” said Kaulsalya. So they started on there way to Janaka.

Ch.4

On there way over to Janaka the servants had to carry Rama in his bed. When they got in site of the palace Rama woke up and saw a ferosious creature.......

Ch.5

Rama woke up the next morning and took his first breath. During that breath Rama heard amazing things, he heard the grass and the flowers growing. Then Rama saw a beautiful woman in the light. “ Who is that women?” Rama asked himself aloud. Lakshmana heard this and said “There is no woman there Rama you must have been day-

dreaming.” “ I reconized the face,” said Rama. Kaulsalya said it was a “sweet dream.”

That afternoon Rama and his family had a grand tour of the castle. In the beggining of the tour there was an arena with two big elaphants fighting. When King Janaka entered the room everyone bowed to him. It was very strange to Rama because king Janaka looked as if he was a little dwarf who had lived in a garbage can. King Janaka was bald, his coat was made of rags and he gave a little piece of wheat to Kaulsalya. Then Kaulsalya became young once again.

Then King Janaka called for his daughter Sita. A woman appeared in green mist. Rama reconizes the woman. He can’t touch her she is mute. Rama has to prove he is worthy of her in order to marry her. Then Sita vanished away in green mist.

Ch.6

To prove Rama is worthy of Sita, he has to pass the test of “The Spirit.” To pass the test Rama had to lift the tiger bow. The tiger bow is a bow made of Bonyon tree. 500 men had to carry in the Tiger bow. But he could not see the bow. But they said they put it in the center of the circle. Then another green light apeared. A mist was also there but it was only where the bow wasn’t. Rama then picked up the bow and won. He shot an arrow into space.

Ch.7

King Janaka told everyone that everybody was invited to the wedding of Rama and Sita. At the wedding there were lords of both sea and air. The wedding was held outside the palace in the courtyard.

Ch.8

King Janaka looked in the mirror one day and saw old age. He then knew it was time to give up the thrown. That day he was in great depresion. He could not decide wether to give the thrown to Rama or give the thrown to Lakshmana. He called the two boys to his thrown and asked them if they wanted to be king. “Rama deserves the thrown more than I,” Lakshmana told the king. “Then it shall be done, Rama will become king.

Ch.9

Meanwhile Kaikeyi was making a plan to stop the cornation. She then remembered the 2 boons Dasaratha had owed her when she saved his life in a war. She immidiantly went to King Dasaratha and told him about the boons he owed her. “Alright what do you want Kaikeyi?” Dasaratha asked her.

“First of all, I want Lakshmana to become king,” she said.

“What do you meen it was Lakshmana ‘s idea for Rama to be king,” Dasaratha told her.

“I want Lakshmana to be king and thats final, oh and for my second boon I want you to grant me any wish,” Kaikeyi domanded.

“What wish is that?” Dasaratha asked.

“For Rama to go into exile for fourteen years,” Kaikeyi stated.

Ch.10

When Rama finds out that he will not be king and that he will be sent into exile he knew King Dasaratha did not do it on perpose. “No Rama, don’t go,” Sita cried.

“I have to,” Rama told her.

“Then I will go with you,” Sita said back

Part 2 The Exile

Ch.11

While they were walking in the forest they came upon a woman. “Will you marry me Rama,” the woman said.

“No, I have already wedd,” Rama told her. The woman wants to kill Sita, so she could marry Rama. Then Lakshmana cut off the womans ears and nose. Then the woman blew up and blood went everywhere.

Ch.12

They walked up to a lake and Lakshmana builds a hut for them to live in. Rama sees Sita again in the nature. They went swimming in the lake in front of the house.

Ch.13

Enemy Demons appraoch the house. Rama runs out with his bow to confront the demons. Rama fights demons with bow and shoots Kara (Comander of demons) with Golden tipped arrow in the eye. Kara’s head splits and black spiders came out of it.

Ch.14

Rama and Sita relax in there hut. Sita still wories about the woman in the forest getting Rama. Then Sita told Rama that Ravana was dreaming about Sita as his wife. Sita tells Rama to dream what Ravana was dreaming. Rama dreams of Ravana’s dream and Ravana dreams of Rama’s dream and Rama dreams of that dream inside of his dream.

“Tell me the meaning of my dream!” Ravana screamed. Magicians tell him that the woman in his dream was Sita, Rama’s wife. “Kill Rama,” Ravana said. “We wil get Maricha to become a magic deer and he can kill Rama. Rama wakes up. All he remembers is he is in great danger.

Ch.15

Beautiful deer appears in the forest. Sita wants the deer so Rama went to capure it.”No it is a thing of evil,” Lakshmana screamed. “How can something so beautiful be evil,” Sita exclaimed and Rama kept going. Deer takes Rama into forest. Rama finaly shot the deer. Then it turned into a monster. Rama cries out in surprise. Creature tears Rama”s shoulders. Sita convinces Lakshmana to go help Rama. Rama then shot Maricha and he died. Meanwhile, Ravana capured Sita and took her in his chariot to his Palace in Lanka.

Part 3 The Battle

Ch. 16

Brothers search for Sita in land of the volcano. There were a few days of great rain. Rama is sad. Rama sees Sita in nature again. He feels he can’t live without her. Finaly sunlight appears and they were in the Valley of the Monkeys.

Ch.17

Rama greeted the birds. Then he asked the birds if they had seen Sita. Rama could not understand what they said so they went onward. They entered scorched earth. Ravana’s footprint led to wasteland. They were walking threw the wasteland and they found Sita’s braclet. “It is a trail to follow,” explianed Lakshmana.

Lakshmana saw a lake. Rama and Lakshmana raced to the lake as something to do during there quest to find Sita. Lakshmana heard a ruffle in the bushes. Rama looked over and he could see yellow eyes watching them.

Then a monkey appeared. “Hi, my name is Hanuman,” the monkey said. Hanuman told them the story of how the swans tried to save Sita. The swans were burnt to death by Ravana’s flames. Hanuman told them that Sugriva would help them find Sita. He has powers to change form at will. “The monkeys and I will find Sita,” Hanuman promised. The monkeys and the brothers became good freinds.

Ch.18

Hanuman went south carrying Sita’s braclet. He had then became Rama’s messenger. Troops have been gone long and Rama is being impatient. “Be patient Rama, give the monkeys time.

Then the messenger from the north came back. “There is nothing north,” he said. Then the east and west came back. “ No Sita,” the messengers said. Hanuman returns without Sita. “I came to an ocean that I couldn’t understand,” Hanuman explianed.

“Then our quest is not over,” Sugriva stated. So Sugriva asked a giant magical bird to help them. Then Sugriva told all the birds to send a message to all the monkeys. The message was to send them all to the southern ocean.

Ch.19

When all the monkeys got to the ocean the ocean said “Sea is cradel of life.” Rama wants to shoot the ocean. “You cant kill water, you fool,” the Ocean screamed. “Build bridge on water, I will hold it up,” Ocean suggested.

Monkeys build bridge leading to Lanka. Rama leading the way to detroy Ravana and the Rakshasas. City is ruend, corpses everywhere. Monkeys set fire to city. Monkeys fight long.

Rama finally faces Ravana. Lakshmana attacked Ravana and plunged a sword into him. Ravana was not wonded and he stomped on Lakshmana. Rama started to cry but he was still determaned to kill Ravana. Rama caught site of Ravana and shot him with his arrow.

“Who would have thought a mortal could defeat a evil,” were Ravana’s last words. Ravana’s blood fertilizes ground and flowers grew.

Part 4 the Throne

Ch.20

Kaikeyi blew up the day Ravana died because she was Ravana’s evil wife. Sita arived and gave Rama a seed. A seed is the signal of new life.

THE END



THE STORY OF RAMA
based on Rama: a Legend, by Jamake Highwater
retold by Marina S.

Characters:
1. Dasaratha - King of Ayodhya
2. Rama - King’s first-born son
3. Sita - Rama’s wife
4. Lakshmana - Rama’s brother
5. Kausalya - Rama’s mother
6. Kaikeyi - king’s second wife
7. King Janaka - ‘father’ of Sita
8. Hanuman - leader of monkey tribe
9. Ravana - 10-headed King of Lanka
10. Garuda - great bird (eagle)
11. Sugriva - king of monkey people

Part 1: The Kingdom
Chapter 1
Prince Rama finds a dead body while plowing the field. (the dead body was a girl with green hair.) Rama hears a song "fertile growth”. The song turns into a green mist witch covers the field with spring. The girls hand starts to move closer to Rama until it touches him, right then he collapse to the ground.

Chapter 2
Prince Rama is taken to the “Palace of the Kings.” (the city of Ayodhya.) When they arrive the drums start to pound and the temple dancers begin the fire dance and walk on “HOT” coals. The whole time Lakshmana is buy Rama’s side. King Dasaratha calls for healers to save Rama’s life. Kaikeyi is jealous of Kausalya. (the old queen.) Queen Kausalya is banished to her chamber.(room) While she is banished she does tapestry of her husbands victory. King Dasaratha weep for Rama.

Chapter 3
Queen Kausalya says she can save Rama’s life. She says she has one special power; LOVE. Queen Kausalya says Rama is the river that flows from her. Kausalya says their is magic in a far away kingdom, beyond the valley of the moon the land of the great eagle Garuda. The palace of king Janaka. They say Janaka is a monster. Queen Kaikeyi asked her hand maid Kara to lead them to King Janaka’s Kingdom. Queen Kausalya tells them about his daughter named Sita who can lift Rama from his slumber. Wise man say she is a sorceress. Some say she is beautiful. They arrive at Janaka’s kingdom. King Janaka says the name “ SITA “ and green mist appears. Rama cries HELP and then falls back down.

Chapter 4

Rama is trapped in his body. (in a coma.) They enter the palace and Rama sees tiger eyes.

Chapter 5

Rama wakes up and feels himself breathing sounds like growing grass, flowers bursting and rivers flowing. Rama feels as if he has been reborn as a child. Rama sees a gorgeous woman. She disappears and then Rama asks where is that beautiful woman I saw ? Then Rama stands up and walks. All that he could remember was that beautiful woman. Queen Kausalya tell him it was only a sweet dream. King tells him where he went their was an evil creature in the cave they were in. His mother says it could be his spirit wife. They get a grand tour of the palace. Grand prossion, music, drums, trumpets, and mysterious King is feared everywhere. Regular people bow to the king. The king is bald and he is short he is holding grain of wheat and wearing rags. He is only a dwarf, he is flouting above the ground. Old Kausalya revives the wheat and becomes young again. King Janaka calls for his one and only daughter SITA. Out of a green mist appears a slender figure, the figure is SITA. Rama recognizes the woman she is the woman of his dreams. King Janaka tells them how he found her.(Sita.) Rama wants to go to her but the king stops him and says that he must be worthy of her in able to touch her. Sita is silent. Then she vanishes.

Chapter 6

King Janaka tells all about how he, (Rama) can marry Sita. In order to marry Sita he must pass the test of the spirit. Rama wants to know all about the test, so King Janaka tells him what he must do in order to marry Sita and what happened to the others that tried. The people that had tried had made King Janaka a monster in their tales. King Janaka also tells them about how Sita brought drought to their families. On the test these were the questions:

1.) Are you driven by anger or compassion
Rama: I'm driven by love.
Lakshmana: I am driven by courage.
Then King Janaka tells men to bring him the bow (tiger bow) .
2.) Whoever lifts the bow will get to marry Sita.
3.) You need to lift the bow and shoot an arrow into the heavens.
Lakshmana: can you conquer what you can’t see.” (the bow is invisible)
Rama: He searches his heart for understanding and all of a sudden there is a green mist from his heart. The green light in the circle becomes a mist. He sees the shape of the bow. He goes to pick it up and right when he touches it becomes visible. He picks it up and shoots it into the heavens.

Chapter 7

Prince Rama has a wedding and he invites everyone. King Janaka makes a speech this is how his speech went: “When she marries Rama she will become a mortal.” King Janaka sprinkles Sita with some holy water. Rose petals fall out of the sky. Rama takes Sita’s hand and she becomes a mortal. Sita asks Rama “Who are you?” He answers “I am your husband.” Then she smiles.

Chapter 8

King Dasaratha is getting very old. Young Queen Kaikeyi doesn’t except Rama and his new wife Sita. “The throne is no place for an old King, so I must give the throne to my son.” Kaikeyi’s maid Kooni hears about Rama getting crowed. Kaikeyi plans to stop Rama from getting crowned.

Chapter 9

Young Queen Kaikeyi goes to see the King. She barges into his chamber while he is getting dressed. She tells him how he had promised her two wishes (to get her to marry him.) She wants to use her wishes. Her first wish is to make HER son the hair to the throne.(she does not have a son.) She tells the king that she is preganet. The king does not want to do this but he has to. Her second wish is for King Dasaratha to banish Rama from the Kingdom.(send him to exile.)

Chapter 10

Rama is sent to exile for 14 years. Rama: “Do not be afraid look beyond the gates their is another world.” When Rama goes through the gates he is in rags. (Sita and Lakshmana go with him.) Before he goes his mother begs him not to go. Rama’s response is “I must go don’t grieve” His mother wants to go with him. Rama says “I must go alone.” Rama begs Sita not to go with him but she will go anyway.

Part 2 The Exile

Chapter 11

They leave the city of Ayodhya. (Rama, Sita and Lakshmana.) Two messengers arrive with a message for Rama and his brother. The message is: “Rama your father is dead.” Your mother said for you to stay in the forest because young Queen Kaikeyi has seized the power (throne.)with help of King Ravana.(King of Lanka.)” Sita says they must obey their mother. Before they move on they must grieve for their father. They will not return for 1 year. (4 seasons) Sita regains her earthly powers. Rama, Sita and Lakshmana move to a Mountain area. Rama sees a big creature. The great bird Garuda. Garuda came to protect them. The look out and see all kinds of the jungle, and the volcano Anal.

Chapter 12

Lakshmana builds a hut. Rama sees Sita every where in nature. The great bird Garuda sounds a warning of a ugly creature, it is a carnivore the creature sees him and runs away. Rama sees a beautiful woman and the woman is not Sita. Rama goes up to her and talks to her she thinks he is the god of love. Rama tells her about himself. She says she is Soorpanaka. the princess of Lanaka and the sister of Ravana. She also says she does things in black magic. She is ready to through every thing away for him. (she wants him to be her husband.) Rama says,”No, because i have a wife and her name is Sita she is the most beautiful woman.” Sita appears. Soorpanaka. sees Sita. Soorpanaka. asks Rama to get rid of Sita. She hurls herself at Sita. Rama stands in front of Sita so Soorpanaka. can’t hurt Sita. Lakshmana comes and chops off Soorpanaka’s ears and nose. She bleeds green blood. She starts to integrates and turns into a puddle. Then she turns back into her self a monster and flees away.

Chapter 13

When Rama wakes up and their is an army of demons waiting to approach him. Rama goes to get his bow. Then he will go defeat the army alone. The army says they were sent by Soorpanaka. The demons commander wants to take Rama to Ravana’s castle, just when she said that Sita screams. Rama will fight the demons. Kara (the commander) shoots arrows at Rama but they don’t hurt him. Sita screams again and Garuda arrives to help Rama. Kara jumps into the air and cuts off Garuda’s wings! He falls and dies,Rama gets very angry and shoots a lot of demons. Just then Ramada tells the demons to surrender. Rama kills the

Chapter 14

Sita and Rama relax together. Rama is in the land of dreams. Just then Sita tells Rama to dream Ravana’s dream. King Ravana is dreaming Rama’s dream. In King Ravana’s dream he sees King of the past that he had killed and were his slaves. Ravana wakes up, and asks for the meaning. King Ravana tells him about a beautiful woman in his dream her name is SITA. The magicians don’t know what to do! Magicians,: “Sita is Rama’a wife!”
Ravana,: “ KILL RAMA OR GET RID OF HIM.”
Magicians,: “He killed Kara’s army.”
Ravana,: “ I’ll take his wife and feed Rama to my sister.”
Magicians,: “How?”
Ravana,: “Send Mirchah (deer)”
Just then Rama wakes up but he only remembers that they are in great danger!!!!!!!!

Chapter 15

The magician Materiah changes into a deer. Sita sees the deer and wants to capture it. Lakshmana tells her not to chase the deer. But Sita just says, “How can something so beautiful be evil.” Sita asks Rama to get the deer for her Rama says he will. After Rama leaves Sita thinks Rama is in danger. She convinces Lakshmana to go and see if Rama is okay. Rama shoots the deer with an arrow the creature dies. While Sita is all alone Ravana comes and takes her away.

Part 3 The Battle

Chapter 16

They are in the land of the volcano. The brothers search for Sita. The days of the great rain come. Rama sees Sita in nature. Rama feels that without Sita he can’t live. Finally they are in the Valley of the Monkeys.

Chapter 17

Rama greets the lovely birds. Rama and Lakshmana enter scorched earth. They see Ravana’s footprint. Every where Ravana stepped he made it die. Rama and Lakshmana find Sita’s bracelet. Lakshmana feels as if Sita is leaving them a trail. They hurry to a lake in hope to find Sita. Rama sees eyes. They reach the lake they don’t see Sita but they see a great white ape. He says his name is Hanuman. Hanuman tells them about how they saw Sita. He says he can not tell them where Sita went but Sugriva can help them find her. (Sugriva is the leader of the monkeys.) Hanuman promises that all the monkeys will help find Sita. Rama convinces Lakshmana to go to Sugriva. Lakshmana asks Rama how can he listen to an animal? Rama tells him to look inside himself and he will find an animal inside himself. In the Valley of the Monkeys it is always spring. They hear all kinds of animals. King Sugriva says that he has been waiting for them. He says that the army of monkeys will search for Sita.

Chapter 18

All the monkey’s help Rama find Sita each group of monkey’s go a different direction. Rama says if you go south then you will come to a clouded area and a river filled with crocodiles. Rama gives Sita’s bracelet to Hanuman so he can show it to her so she knows he is a good person. He also tells them off to the sea their is a skull. Rama is getting very impatient. Finally the north comes and says that they can’t find Sita. Then the west east comes and says that they can’t find Sita. Then Hanuman returns with the south group and they say that they can’t find Sita either. No one found Sita.

Chapter 19

All the monkey’s help build a bridge. Just then Hanuman comes up to Rama and says that he found Sita!!(He left again to go find Sita.) He says, “Sita is in the garden of Ravana’s palace.” Rama and the monkey’s cross to Lanka. Rama says he must search for Sita alone. When they get their the city is ruined. The monkey’s spread fire all through the city while Rama faces the demons. Finally Rama faces Ravana. Lakshmana attacks Ravana he plunges a sword into him. The sword does not hurt Ravana, he pushes Rama down and stomps on him. Both Rama and Hanuman weep for Lakshmana. Then Rama goes to Ravana and shoots him with his arrow. Ravana’s last words were, “Who would have thought a moral would defeat the evil. Ravana’s blood leaks and turns into fertilized ground, then leaves and flowers grow. Then they sing the song of eternal life.

Part 4 The Throne

Chapter 20

Rama, Sita and Lakshmana return to the palace. Rama asks for Kaikeyi she blows up. Rama says, “Now let there be spring time in our kingdom.” Just then Sita arrives and she gives Rama a very special gift:

A Seed

of

“LIFE.”


SPECIAL EDITION

THE STORY OF RAMA
based on Rama: a Legend, by Jamake Highwater
retold by Anna V.

Characters:
1. Dasaratha - King of Ayodhya
2. Rama - King’s first-born son
3. Sita - Rama’s wife
4. Lakshmana - Rama’s brother
5. Kausalya - Rama’s mother
6. Kaikeyi - king’s second wife
7. King Janaka - ‘father’ of Sita
8. Hanuman - leader of monkey tribe
9. Ravana - 10-headed King of Lanka
10. Garuda - great bird (eagle)
11. Sugriva - king of monkey people

Once, long ago, there was a city called Ayodhya, that was ruled by the great King Dasaratha. Dasaratha had two wives, Kausalya and Kaikeyi, and two sons, Rama and Lakshmana. The two brothers were Kausalya’s sons, and Rama was the oldest.

One day Rama was out in a field with some farmers. Rama found a hand, which he thought must be attached to a dead body. He started to uncover the rest of the body, and realized it was a dead beautiful woman. For some reason, she had not been cremated.

There was an eclipse on the sun right then. When Rama found the woman, the sun had disappeared completely. The Song of the Earth started playing, causing a feeling of spring.

All of a sudden, the so thought dead woman reached up and seized Rama. She pulled him to the ground, and he lay there, almost dead.

Rama was taken to a special chamber in the palace. Everything was quiet and still. Everybody was trying to heel him, but they could not revive him from his semi-coma.

Queen Kausalya begged the king to let her take care of him. She said, “I have the gift of love. Rama is the river that flows from me, so please, let me help him!”

Younger Queen Kaikeyi was jealous of Queen Kausalya. She started to leave the room, but King Dasaratha stopped her. He wanted to hear what Queen Kausalya had to say.

Queen Kausalya said, “There is magic in the faraway kingdom of Janaka. To get there you must travel past the Valley of the Moon, across the Burning River, by the Mountain that Spits Fire, through the land of Garuda, the eagle, and past the Evil Cave. Then you will be at the palace of King Janaka.”

“How do you know all of this?” King Dasaratha asked.

Queen Kausalya answered, “My old maid, Kara, told me about this. She came from the kingdom of Janaka.”

“But she has died a long time ago!” King Dasaratha replied.

“No, she didn’t,” Queen Kausalya told him. “She really wanted to go back, so I set her free. All of this I heard from her when she was sadly remembering her old home.”

“She was the one who told me about King Janaka’s daughter who has the power of life and death. Janaka’s daughter is the one who can save Rama!”

“And who is his daughter?” King Dasaratha asked. “What is her name?”

Queen Kausalya hesitated. She didn’t want to say her name. King Dasaratha demanded her name again.

“Her name.....” Queen Kausalya stammered. “Her name........is....... is.......her name is.......SITA!!!”

Green light appeared in the chamber. Rama opened his eyes and sat up. “HELP!!!!!” he shouted, and fell back down. The green light left.

Soon the people in the palace of King Dasaratha started carrying Rama to the kingdom of Janaka. Rama felt winter around him, as though he was dead. But it was really spring time. All along the road are animals: monkeys, snails, lizards, bats, and all kinds of other creatures.

When Rama woke up, he found a hideous monster standing over him. It had purple skin and a tiger’s eyes.

All of a sudden, he was alive and healthy again, as though he had been reborn. He heard the grass growing and the flowers blooming.

When he looked up, he saw a beautiful woman. She quickly disappeared.

Rama asked his family, “Who was that gorgeous woman?”

His brother, Lakshmana, told him that there was no woman. Queen Kausalya, his mother, said, “It was just a sweet dream. Maybe it was your spirit wife.

Rama’s father, King Dasaratha, told him about the ferocious creature.

The entire family had a grand tour of the palace. Rama was so obsessed with the woman, so he didn’t pay attention to anything. He didn’t even notice the elephant fights that were going on.

That evening they were going to see King Janaka. There was a big celebration going on. Lots of music was playing.

Everyone bowed down to King Janaka when he entered. King Janaka was bald, and extremely short! He was dressed in rags, and holding a stem of wheat.

“Why, you’re just a dwarf!” King Dasaratha exclaimed. “How could this short bald man, dresses in rags, be a mighty king!” But then he realized that King Janaka’s feet did not touch the ground. He was floating!

King Janaka smiled and handed the wheat to Queen Kausalya. Instantly she became young and beautiful. Queen Kausalya was happy again.

“Welcome to my palace!” King Janaka said. “Here we live happily and peacefully. My only child is Sita. She is the daughter of Mother Earth. I found her while digging in a furrow in the garden. Would you like to meet her?”

King Dasaratha nodded.

“Sita! Come and see our visitors from the faraway kingdom of Dasaratha!” King Janaka shouted into the hallway.

Green mist came out of somewhere. A dark form appeared within it. Slowly, the figure stepped out of the mist. It was the beautiful woman that Rama had seen!

Rama was exited. He stepped forward and started to approach her, but King Janaka stopped him.

“Unfortunately,” he said. “Sita cannot speak. She will be mute until she finds a husband worthy of her. Nobody has passed the ‘test of the spirit’ yet, so she has no one. Only a person who passes the ‘test of the spirit’ can marry Sita.”

“Might we be able to try the test?” Rama asked.

“Sure,” King Janaka said. “But let me tell you something first.
“Nobody has been able to pass the test yet. Because they don’t want to be ashamed when they go back home, they make up stories of hideous creatures they had to battle, ones that would be impossible to defeat. With their stories, they turned me into a monster, so everybody in different kingdoms are afraid of me. No one has come to try the test for a long time.

“So, now, are you ready to take the test?”

Rama and Lakshmana both answered, “Yes.”

“Okay,” King Janaka said to his servants, ”Spread the news and bring in the Tiger Bow!”

Five hundred strong men came in, pulling a huge box. King Janaka pulled something out and laid it on the floor, but Rama could not see it. It was invisible!

“In order to pass the test, you have to pick up the Tiger Bow and string it,” King Janaka told them.

Rama and Lakshmana stood there, staring at the blank spot on the floor. How could they pick up something that they could not see?

“I give up,” Lakshmana announced.

King Janaka nodded. “Rama, do you also give up?”

Rama shook his head, ”Not yet.” He tried to think of a way to pick up the tiger bow, but he had no ideas. It would be impossible grab it, let alone string it. But he would still not give up this big opportunity.

Just then green mist came swirling into the room. It went over to the Tiger Bow and hung around it. Rama could see where the Tiger Bow was! He could tell where the green mist was not. It outlined the shape of the bow.

Rama dashed up to it, picked it up, and he held it high in the air. Everyone cheered. He put an invisible arrow up to it and shot it into the heavens.

“Excellent!” King Janaka cried. “Now you shall get to marry my daughter, Sita!”

The next week at the wedding, everybody in the kingdom of Janaka was gathered. Birds were singing, flowers were booming. It was a beautiful day.

Then Sita stepped forward. She saluted the sun, then walked up to Rama.

“Sita came to you with free will, Rama,” King Janaka told him. “She finally gets to marry someone. But, unfortunately, she will lose all of her powers as soon as she is wed.”

Rama slipped a ring on Sita’s finger. Then she lost all of her magic powers. She looked at Rama and asked, “Who is this man?”

Rama answered her, “I am your husband, Rama.”

Flowers started raining down from the clouds. The moon went over and rested in the sun. That meant that the sun and the moon were wed.

Sita went back to Ayodhya with Rama and his family.

Queen Kausalya had mirrors banned from the palace, because she didn’t like seeing herself as an old woman. Now, since King Janaka made her young and beautiful again, she hung up mirrors all over the palace.

King Dasaratha saw his old age in the mirrors. He started to worry about his death. He thought, “I am very old and will probably die really soon. One of my sons shall have to take my place.” Then he called for his two sons.

Rama and Lakshmana came obediently. “Sons,” King Dasaratha said to them, “I love you both very much. Unfortunately, I fear that my death is near, for I have been having dreams of bad fortune. One of you will have to take my place as king, but I cannot decide who. Can you help me choose?”

“Rama should be the next king. He is most worthy. Also, Sita would make a great queen.”

King Dasaratha turned to Rama and said, “Rama, it is your duty to be a wise and caring ruler. Treat all people with respect, and make smart choices. That is the key to leading of good kingdom. I’m sure everybody in Ayodhya will be happy with you as their ruler. Also, promise to keep this a secret. You will be crowned tomorrow.”

“Yes, father,” Rama said. “I promise, and I shall do my best to be a wise and kind ruler of our kingdom.”

Meanwhile, Queen Kaikeyi started getting a strange, evil feeling. She didn’t like Rama and Sita very much, and she really hated Queen Kausalya.

Something evil started flying in the air. It was Queen Kaikeyi’s maid, Kooni. She told Queen Kaikeyi about Rama’s coronation.

Queen Kaikeyi decided to do something about it. She went to King Dasaratha’s room the next morning and knocked on the door. He was getting dressed, and didn’t want to be disturbed, but Queen Kaikeyi came in anyway.

“Remember the boon you promised me when we got married?” she asked casually. “One of them was that my son would become king when you passed on the throne.”

King Dasaratha said, shocked, “But you have no son!”

Queen Kaikeyi told him, “This morning, I found out, I have become pregnant.”

“How could that be?!” King Dasaratha exclaimed.

“Perhaps King Janaka did it with his magic,” Queen Kaikeyi suggested.

“I suppose you are right. I’ll have to tell Rama. I hope that he won’t mind,” King Dasaratha replied.

“But remember, you promised me two vows, not one,” Queen Kaikeyi reminded King Dasaratha, smiling.

He was scared. What else would Kaikeyi do? “What vow was that?” he asked, frightened.

“That you would grant me any wish I wanted,” the queen answered, slyly. “And I have decided what I want.”

“What is that?” King Dasaratha asked, trembling.

“Rama might get angry and hurt my newborn child,” Queen Kaikeyi told him, trying to sound worried. “I want him sent into exile for four seasons.”

King Dasaratha was horrified. How could she do that to his son? “No. That shouldn’t be. How could this be happening to me? Isn’t there some other solution to this?” he asked Queen Kaikeyi.

“Sorry,” she responded. “But Rama will only be gone for a year, you know. Plus, this way we’ll be sure my baby son is safe.”

Dasaratha was very sad. He went to tell Rama about it.

Rama said, “Don’t worry. I’ll be okay and will return in just a year.”

Everybody and everything was sad and started crying. Rama told them , “Do not cry for me. When in exile, I hope to discover the unexpected. That gate is the door to my destiny.

“Be courageous. Look beyond your ordinary world. Don’t fear adventure.”

Queen Kausalya came out. “Don’t go! It’s your father’s fault. He made you leave!” she cried.

“Don’t blame him,” Rama replied. “It was Queen Kaikeyi. I must do as my father says.”

“Then let me go with you,” she pleaded. “Or at least let Lakshmana go too.”

Rama said to her, “Lakshmana may come. You need to stay and comfort my father.”

Then Lakshmana came out. “I shall go with you to protect you,” he said to Rama.

Sita walked up to Rama. He saw that she was dressed like a widow in mourning clothes. Rama asked her about it. She wanted to go too.

So Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita left Ayodhya.

After a while a couple of horsemen came. They gave Rama and Lakshmana the sad message that their father had died. “He was so sad and full of grief from your departure, that he finally passed away last night. Queen Kaikeyi seized the throne and power that he had possessed. She did this with the powerful ruler of Lanka, King Ravana.

“It is best that you stay here,” Sita said to Rama and Lakshmana. They agreed, and decided to grieve for the four seasons they spent in exile.

When they had been walking for a long time, they entered the rain forest. Then they went to the Magic Mountain.

They heard a noise behind them and turned around. A great bird was standing behind them!

“I am Garuda, the great eagle,” It said to them. “Your father sent me from the land of the dead to protect you.”

Sita told Rama and Lakshmana that he was okay, not an enemy in disguise. So they continued on.

After the three had trudged on for quite a while, they came across the River of Dreams. It had small pools, quiet streams, and lotus flowers growing all over.

This was where Lakshmana built a hut for them to sleep in. Every-where that Rama looked, he saw Sita in the nature. He saw her in the water, the sky, the flowers, and in all the sounds.

The stillness was interrupted when Garuda announced that there was an intruder near by. Rama and Lakshmana went to see what it was.

It was a giant monster! When it saw Rama, it dropped its deer and ran back into the bushes.

A little while later a beautiful woman came into the clearing. She said to Rama, “I thought you were the god of love when I first saw you. My name is Soorpanaka.”

Rama wanted to know where she came from. She said that she was the sister of Ravana, and that she wanted to marry Rama.

Then Soorpanaka caught sight of Sita. She rushed forward, trying to destroy Rama’s first wife. While doing this, she burst into flame.

Lakshmana dashed up and cut her ears and nose of. Soorpanaka turned back into the monster Rama had seen, and ran away.

Soon after that, an army of demons approached. Garuda again told Rama and Lakshmana about the intruders. Rama ran out with his bow to defend Sita and Lakshmana.

The commander of the demons was named Kara. He wanted to take Rama to his evil leader, Ravana.

Sita screamed. The yell awakened all of the forest animals. They all came to help Rama battle the demon warriors.

Rama fought the army sent by King Ravana. The arrows that they shot could not hurt Rama. He was like a mountain; everything bounced off instead of going into him.

Sita yelled again. This time Garuda came to help. He fought the demons with Rama.

Kara jumped up and sliced off Garuda’s wings. Garuda fell down to the ground and died. This made Rama very angry.

Rama was so angry he shot the entire army down. Kara tried to fight him by using “arrow serpents”, but, like all of the other arrows, they could not harm Rama.

“Surrender, Kara,” Rama demanded, “Sita is watching over me. You will never win.” With that, he shot down Kara.

The sun and the moon came together again.

Rama and Sita relaxed in their little hut. Sita still was worrying that Soorpanaka would get Rama.

“Ravana is dreaming right now,” Sita whispered. “Dream about what Ravana is doing.”

Rama started dreaming about Ravana. In Ravana’s palace someone was sitting on the throne. It’s Ravana! Ravana was dreaming about Rama dreaming about Ravana that was having a dream about Rama, and so on.

Lots of other kings were bowing to King Ravana. There were many horrible things in there. Ravana had captured the god of fire and the god of death.

Just then, Ravana woke up. He asked some magicians, “I had a dream that there was a woman that would not adore me. Who is this woman and what does my dream mean?”

His magicians answered him, “It’s Sita, the wife of Rama!”

Ravana said to them, “Then kill Rama.”

“How?” the magicians asked him.

“Send for Maricha. He will use his magic to lead Rama away from Sita,” he responded. Then he started to laugh. His evil laughter echoed everywhere.

Instantly Rama woke up. He heard all that was said, but he only remembered that they were in great danger.

The next morning, Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana were sitting outside. A beautiful deer appeared. It shined with every color of the rainbow. The deer seemed to be a phantom creature.

Sita immediately fell in love with it. She wanted to capture it. Then she started chasing it.

Lakshmana called to her, “Stop chasing that deer! Certainly that could not be a real creature.”

“How can something so beautiful be evil?” Sita asked him. Then she started to cry.

Rama said, “I will go after the deer for you, if you really like it that much.”

The deer ran a little while, then stopped and looked back. Rama ran up to it. When Rama was just about to grab it, the deer dashed back a little further into the woods. It was tricking Rama to venture out even farther!

Finally Rama caught up to it. The beautiful deer could not run any more.

Then all of a sudden, the deer turned into a monster. Rama yelled in surprise. The creature tore at Rama’s shoulder.

Lakshmana and Sita heard Rama’s cry. Sita told Lakshmana, “Go after Rama and save him! He could be in big trouble!” Lakshmana ran after Rama.

Meanwhile, Rama shot the monster with an arrow. The creature fell down dead.

With both Rama and Lakshmana away, Ravana quickly ran up and captured Sita. He took her away to Lanka in his celestial chariot.

Rama and Lakshmana returned and found out that Sita was missing. They went out searching all over for her.

When they were looking, the two brothers came to the land of the volcano. It was time of the great rain The monsoon came gushing down upon them. Rama was melancholy in sadness. He felt that he could not live without Sita. Every where that he looked he saw Sita in the nature.

Finally the sun came out of the clouds. Lakshmana and Rama had come to the Valley of the Monkeys. Rama greeted the birds. He asked if they had seen Sita, but he could not understand them.

Then, after a little while, they entered scorched earth. It was the trail of Ravana. Everywhere that he touched turned into a wasteland.

Rama looked down at the ground and saw something shining. He picked it up, and saw that it was Sita’s bracelet! “Look, Lakshmana!” he shouted excitedly. “It’s a trail for us to follow!”

“Perhaps they are hiding down at that lake down there,” Lakshmana suggested. Eagerly, they dashed down toward the lake in the legendary Valley of the Monkeys. They spotted a pair of yellow eyes watching them.

A white ape appeared. It called himself the “Great White monkey.” The name of it was Hanuman.

Hanuman said to Rama and Lakshmana, “Ravana flew by with Sita in his celestial chariot. The swans flew up, hoping to rescue Sita. Then, unfortunately, Ravana burnt them with his flames and flew away. Then the swans fell down to the ground, dead.

“Sugriva, the king of the monkeys, will help you get Sita back.”

The monkeys all met that evening. They arranged a search party for Sita. All of the monkeys divided into four groups. One group would search in the north, one would look in the west, one in the east, and the one with Hanuman in it would search in the south. Down south was where Sita was most likely to be.

The next day they all set out. A long time later, the monkeys from the north returned. Rama was excited “Sita was nowhere to be found in the north,” the lead monkey said to Rama and Lakshmana.

Then the groups from the east and west came back. Both Rama and Lakshmana were hopeful, but the lead monkeys said, “Sorry. We could not find Sita anywhere.”

Finally, Hanuman and his bunch returned. Rama and Lakshmana listened intently to what he had to say: “We searched all over, looking in every possible place. Sita was not in any of those places. After a long time of hard work trekking across the terrain, we reached a great body of water. Perhaps Sita is on the other side of this water.”

“She probably is there, since she is nowhere else,” Sugriva agreed. “Hanuman, take us to this water.”

Rama, Lakshmana, and all the rest of the monkeys traveled over to the ocean that Hanuman had found. Then Rama asked the ocean some-thing. The ocean would not respond.

Rama got angry at it. He tried to destroy it with his arrow. The sea stood up and told him to stop. “Do not destroy me. All creatures need water to live, so I am the cradle of life.”

“Did you see Sita?” Rama asked her.

“A demon king carried her across the water in his chariot,” She told him.

A poor ragged bird came over to the army of monkeys to see what was going on. It’s name was Sampathy. Rama touched Sampathy, and she turned into a glorious bird again. She flew over the ocean to search for Sita.

“If you build a bridge, I will hold it up for you,” the ocean said to the army of monkeys.

So the monkeys built a bridge and, just as she had said, the ocean helped hold it up. When the monkeys had been building for a long time, the bridge stretched all the way to Lanka.

Just then Sampathy returned. “I have found Sita!” she exclaimed.

“Now we are all ready to go and save Sita from the eternal winter!” Sugriva announced to the rest of the monkeys. “We’ll attack Ravana and get her back!”

So the large group of monkeys crossed the giant bridge. After a while, they saw destroyed land up ahead. It was called by some people the “kingdom of death.”

“I must search for Sita alone,” Rama said to everyone. Lakshmana and the monkeys went one direction, while Rama journeys elsewhere.

The whole city was ruined. All of the people were either dying, or dead.

Rama faced Ravana’s demon warriors. He let out a battle cry. The monkeys came to help fight the demons. The battle lasted for a very long time. When all of the demons were finally killed, Rama finally faced Ravana.

Lakshmana charged without thinking! Ravana took his sword and plunged it into Lakshmana, and stomped on him.

Rama and Hanuman were very sad. They wept for Lakshmana’s death. Also, Rama was extremely angry at Ravana.

Later that day Rama snuck into Ravana’s palace. He shot Ravana with one of his arrows. Ravana cried out, “Who would ever have thought that just a mortal could defeat such a powerful and evil person?” Then he died.

Ravana’s blood flowed over the ground and fertilized it. All kinds of plants started growing; grass, flowers, trees, bushes, and other things. The song of eternal renewal filled the air.

Sita and Rama returned to Ayodhya. Rama asked for Kaikeyi. She blew up when she heard that Ravana had died because she was his evil wife.

“Now let there be spring time in our kingdom,” Rama announced to everyone of the land. “For Sita, the daughter of Mother Earth, has been freed from the eternal winter!”

Sita stepped toward Rama. “Here is a special gift,” she said to him. She then dropped something into Rama’s hand. Rama looked at it. It was a seed.

That seed was the start of life.

The end



THE STORY OF RAMA
based on Rama: a Legend, by Jamake Highwater
retold by Ray Anna D.

Characters:
1. Dasaratha - King of Ayodhya
2. Rama - King’s first-born son
3. Sita - Rama’s wife
4. Lakshmana - Rama’s brother
5. Kausalya - Rama’s mother
6. Kaikeyi - king’s second wife
7. King Janaka - ‘father’ of Sita
8. Hanuman - leader of monkey tribe
9. Ravana - 10-headed King of Lanka
10. Garuda - great bird (eagle)
11. Sugriva - king of monkey people

Part 1 The King
Chapter 1

Prince Rama finds a dead body while plowing the field. The dead body was a girl and she had green hair. Rama hears a sound , a song of fertile growth. The song turns into a green mist. The girl’s hand moves. It reaches up and grabs Rama. Prince Rama collapses.

Chapter 2

Prince Rama is taken to palace of the kings (the city of Ayodhya). When they arrive the drums begin to pound and temple dancers begin a fire dance while walking on hot coals. The whole time he is there Lakshmana (his brother) is by his side. King Dasaratha (his father) calls for healers to save Rama’s life. Kaikeyi (young queen) is jealous of Kausalya (old/ true queen). Queen Kausalya is banished to her chambers. While she is banished she makes tapestry of her husbands victories. King Dasaratha and whole kingdom weep for Rama.

Chapter 3

Queen Kausalya says she can save Rama. That she has a special power. LOVE. Queen Kausalya says “Rama is the river that flows from me.” Kausalya says there is a magic in a faraway kingdom. Beyond the valley of the moon. The land of the great Eagle Garuda. The Palace of King Janaka. The kingdom thinks that Janaka. is a monster (a demon).
Queen Kausalya tells handmaid (Kara) to lead them to King Janaka’s kingdom. Queen Kausalya tells them about his daughter who can relieve Rama from his slumber. Wise say she is a sorceress. Some say she is beautiful.
They arrive in King Janaka’s kingdom. They sit down. King Janaka says the name SITA and green mist appears. Rama rises and says HELP then falls back down.

Chapter 4

Rama is trapped in his body (in a coma). Rama enters palace and sees creature with tiger eyes.

Chapter 5

Rama wakes up. He feels himself breathing. It sounds like he has been reborn and flowers bursting and rivers flowing. Rama takes a breath of life. He says he feels like he is reborn. He opens his eyes and sees sunshine. In the bright light he sees beautiful girl.
She disappears, and Rama asks who is that women. Rama sees women as a vision. Rama stands up and starts to walk. He walks like a new born infant. Rama doesn't remember illness nor the journey. All he could remember was the beautiful women. Kausalya says it is a sweet dream. The king tells Rama it was a horrid creature in the cave. Kausalya tells the king that it was his spirit wife.
In the arena they see an elephant fight. They show hospitality to Rama. During the grand procession there is lots of music. (drums, trumpets, ect.) The mysterious King Janaka is feared every where. When the copper doors open a short man dressed in regular clothing comes out. He is carrying a small piece of wheat.
King Janaka is a small man. King Dasaratha thinks that he is a dwarf. The small king floats above the ground. With his feet never touching. The small king gives the wheat to the old Queen Kausalya. As soon as she touches the wheat she becomes young and beautiful again. King Janaka calls for his daughter (his one and only child).
He says the name SITA and green mist appears and beautiful young women steps out. Rama recognizes Sita from the women in his dreams. King Janaka tells them how he found Sita in the earth. Rama gets up and starts walking towards Sita, but King Janaka stops him. He says you must be worthy of her. Sita is silent (mute) until someone loves her, or is worthy of her. Then Sita vanishes back into the green mist.

Chapter 6

King Janaka starts to tell Rama how to get his daughter. He calls it the test of the spirit. Rama says he is interested in the test. Rama is also interested in what happened to others who tried the test. The princes, the merchants, the monarchs , ect. The ones who failed the test made up evil lies about king Janaka that's why everyone thought he was a monster. The reason the did this is because they where angry with King Janaka.
Sita brought drought and famine to the enemies who tried to attack the peaceful kingdom. Rama says he wants to try the test.
Part 1: Are you driven by anger or compassion. Lakshmana says courage. Rama says he is driven by compassion (LOVE). Rama gets to move on to part 2.
Part 2 : mysterious creatures bring tiger bow out. Who ever lifts it gets Sita. More dancers appear. 500 men pulled an 8 wheeled cart with the bow inside. The bow was invisible. Lakshmana gives up and whines. Rama searches his heart for understanding.
All of a sudden a green mist appears from Rama’s heart. Mist becomes part of the circle. There is a green light. Then he could see the outline of the bow. As he touched the bow it became visible. Then he shoots one of its arrows of into space.

Chapter 7

Herald (a messenger) proclaims a message, “Everyone is invited to the wedding of Rama and Sita.” Birds, animals, sea creatures, elephants, and monkeys all go to the palace. Hermits, Holy men, and Heroes go too. Waiting for the ceremony a suspicious sign appears (good fortune).
There is a song. Then green mist appears. Sita comes out of the green mist. Also the aprons of the Moon, Sun, and stars. Sita appears as a goddess. You here the moon and sun also marry. King Janaka gives a little speech before the ceremony. He says Sita will become mortal when she marries Rama.
King Janaka sprinkles Sita with holy water and rose petals fall from the sky. Rama takes Sitars hand. She awakens to human life. Sita says, “Who are you?” Rama says, “I am your husband.” Sita smiles. Rama and Sita got married and so did the sun and moon.

Chapter 8

King Dasaratha is getting old. He hides. Queen Kaikeyi doesn't except the marriage of Rama and Sita. King Dasaratha says,”The throne is no place for an old man.” King Dasaratha decides to give up the throne to one of his sons. King Dasaratha says,”One of you will be my successor”.
Rama the eldest son is chosen to take the place of King Dasaratha. That night the king has a bad dream (bad fortune). A demon approaches old maid (Kooni), servant of Kaikeyi. Kaikeyi hears about Rama becoming king. Kaikeyi plans to stay the coronation. She plans to ruin Rama with a lie.

Chapter 9

Young Queen Kaikeyi goes to see the king. King Dasaratha is getting dressed for the coronation. She barges into his chambers. She tells him that he promised her 2 wishes (boons):

#1. To make Barata king.
#2. Rama must be sent into exile.
Garuda and White monkey weep.

Chapter 10

Rama is sent to exile. It is his fathers command. Rama must obey. Queen Kausalya begs her son not to go.
Rama says,”I must go please don’t grieve.”
Queen Kausalya, "Then let me go with you.”
Rama, ”No I must go alone.”
Lakshmana,”I will go with Rama.”
Queen,”Please let Lakshmana go with you.”
Then Sita appears. She is dressed in humble bark cloths. Sita is determined to go with Rama. Queen tells Rama, ”Let Sita go with you.

Part 2 The Exile
Chapter 11

Rama,Sita,and Lakshmana leave Ayodhya. Two horsemen approach them. They have a message from Queen Kausalya.

Message was that King Dasaratha is DEAD!!!!!!!! And she wants her sons to stay in the forest.

Reason: Queen Kaikeyi seized power. With the help of the demons of King Ravana from Lanka.

Sita says, “We must obey your mother.” Sita, “Before you fight grieve for you father. They wont return for 4 seasons.” (1 year)

The traveling companions continue there journey through the foothills. While they are in the forest Sita regains her earthly powers. Lakshmana sees very large creature. It is an eagle named Garuda. Garuda was a friend of Dasaratha. Garuda came from the land of the dead to protect Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana. They see a jungle ahead. In the jungle they see a HUGE volcano. It is the volcano Anak Krakatau.

Chapter 12

They decide to stay by the river of dreams. Lakshmana builds a hut. Rama says that when he looks into nature he can see Sita. Garuda sends a warning. The warning has to do with an invader. The creature was so ugly that it wasn’t to be looked upon. The creature is a carnivore. Creature sees Rama glowing. The demon has evil magic it can take any form. The demon sees Rama and runs away.
Rama sees a beautiful women (forgery of nature). The women thinks Rama is the god of Love. He tells her about himself. She says that she is Soorpanaka. The princess of Lanka and sister of King Ravana. Soorpanaka. Does things through black magic. She says she is ready to through away everything for Rama to become her husband. Rama refuses to marry Soorpanaka.
Then Soorpanaka sees Sita. Soorpanaka. wants Rama to get rid of Sita. Soorpanaka. hurls herself at Sita. Rama defends Sita. Lakshmana cuts off Soorpanaka’s ears and nose. She bleeds GREEN blood. She flees back to Lanka.

Chapter 13

An army of demons approach Rama’s house. Garuda sounds a warning to Rama. Rama crabs his bow and arrows and takes Garuda to fight the demons. The army of demons were sent by Soorpanaka. The commander of the demons is Kara. Kara wants to take Rama to King Ravana.
Sita screams and raises her left hand to the sky. Darkness and blood poured from the sky. The sun vanishes and the moon ascends to the heavens. All the creatures of the world shriek and explosions and fireworks go off every where!!!

Rama goes to fight the demons. Every time Sita screams the demons arrows disappear. Garuda helps by picking the demons up and dropping them from the sky. Kara jumps up into the sky and cuts off Garuda’s wings. Garuda falls to the ground and dies. Rama kills Kara and the moon comes out.

Chapter 14

Rama and Sita lay down and rest. Rama falls asleep. Sita is still worried and tells Rama that Ravana is dreaming. Ravana dreams that Sita is his wife and Rama is his slave. Sita tells Rama to dream Ravana’s dream. In Rama’s dream he sees former kings heads on the wall. Now Ravana is dreaming Rama’s dream. In the dream Rama sees a dark cave in the cave is the god of fire. Then Ravana wakes up.
He wants to know what the dream meant. He says there was a woman in his dream he says her name is Sita. The migrations say they can’t help Ravana find out what the dream meant. Then the magicians say: “Sita is Rama’s wife.”

Ravana: “Then you must kill Rama.”
Magician: “But Rama destroyed Kara’s army.”
Ravana: “Then I’ll take his wife and you can feed Rama to my sister.”
Magician: “How?”
Ravana: “Send Maricha to change into a deer.”
Ravana laughs and it echoes ever where. Then Rama wakes up!!!
He does not remember his dream but he only remembers that they are in great danger!!!!!!

Chapter 15

Sita sees the deer (Maricha) and she wants Rama to catch it. Then Sita chases it. Lakshmana doesn’t want her to chase the deer.
Sita: “But I am not afraid of the deer.” Lakshmana: “ The deer is evil.”
Sita: “How can something so beautiful be evil?”
Then Sita cries and Rama says that he will get it for her. When Rama is chasing the deer it attacks him. He cries so loud that Sita hears him. Sita tells Lakshmana to go and help Rama but he refuses because Rama told him not to leave Sita alone. Sita convinces Lakshmana to go help Rama.
Rama shoots Maricha with an arrow and kills him. While Lakshmana is gone looking for Rama Ravana takes the form of a hermit. He approaches Sita and tells her who he is. He asks Sita to marry him. Sita says no so Ravana takes his original form,puts her in his golden chariot and takes her away to Lanka.

Part 3 The Battle
Chapter 16

Rama and Lakshmana go to “The Land of the Volcano” to search for Sita. During this time there is a monsoon (Day of great rain). Rama has gone into a stage of melancholy (sadness). Rama sits around and cries all day. Rama sees Sita everywhere in nature. Rama feels like he cant live without Sita. The next day when sunlight appears they go to "Valley of the Monkeys”.

Chapter 17

When they get there Rama greets the birds and asks them if they have seen Sita. The birds said they did see Sita. They said that a demon with 10 heads took her. Rama and Lakshmana enter scourged earth. They saw Ravana’s foot prints in the earth. Ravana turned the place into a waste land.
While they are looking for Sita they find her bracelet. It is a “TRAIL” for them to follow. They see a lake in the distance. They hurry and rush to it. While they are at the lake yellow eyes watch them from the bushes. The creature jumps out. Rama reaches for his bow but the creature tells him that he is a friend and wants to help them. The creature says, “My name is Hanuman and I am a white ape/monkey”.
Hanuman tells Rama and Lakshmana the story of how the monkeys saw Sita. Then he tells them about “The Great Monkey King Sugriva”. He tells Rama that Sugriva will be his friend and help him find Sita. Sugriva’s power is to change form at will.
Hanuman promises to Rama that he will help look for Sita. He says, “To save Sita is to save the earth”. Rama tells Hanuman, “ I believe in you”. Rama convinces Lakshmana to go see Sugriva. He says he is only an animal. Then Rama says, “Look inside your heart is there not just an animal there too”. So they go to “Valley of the Monkeys” to see Sugriva.
In the Valley of the Monkeys there it is always spring. When they arrive Sugriva awakens in his tree. Sugriva, “We have been waiting for you Rama”. Sugriva, “The swans tried to rescue your beloved Sita but the dreadful Ravana killed them with an arrow. Sugriva then tells every one there will be a sacred fire ceremony. During the ceremony Sugriva tells Rama that he will send Monkey troops out tomorrow.

Chapter 18

An army of monkeys march pass Rama in a parade. After the parade the monkeys have a council war. There plan is to send 4 groups of monkeys to 4 corners of the world. The monkeys think that Ravana is down in the South. The searching monkeys go down South passed the clouded mountains, they will go past a river of crocodiles, the dunce jungle and beyond the area their is a cave that looks like a skull.
Rama gives Hanuman a bracelet so Sita will know he is Rama messenger. (Sita will trust him.) The troops leave, Rama and Lakshmana stay with Sugriva. Rama gets impact and Sugriva tells him to be patent North comes back says the didn’t find Sita. East and west also say they haven’t found her. Then Hanuman returns and says he can’t find Sita, he found nothing but the end of the world.

Chapter 19

They arrive at the ocean. The ocean is the cradle of life.
The ocean tells them, “The rivers all hurry back to me.”
Rama wants to shoot the ocean.
Ocean: “You can not kill eternity.”
Rama: “I am willing to do anything to get Sita back.”
Ocean: “Sita needs to come back or else Spring want come.”
Rama: “Did you see Sita die?”
Ocean: “No, but a demon carried her across my ocean.”
Rama touches a bird named Sumpathi. The bird goes to find Sita. The monkeys build a bridge to cross the ocean to search for Sita. Sumpathi returns with news : “I have found Sita.”
Hanuman announces: “Sita is in the garden of Ravana’s palace.”
Sugriva, “Now we’re ready to save Sita from eternal winter. We will attack Ravana.”
They finish bridge and cross it to Lanka. They see destroyed land.
Rama: “I must search for Sita alone. The city of Lanka is ruined and people are dying. Monkeys spread fire to the city. Rama faces the demons. Then the monkeys joined Rama in the battle. Rama finally faces Ravana.
Just when Rama is about to attack Ravana Lakshmana plunges his sword into Ravana. Ravana becomes big and kills Lakshmana by stomping on him. Rama and Hanuman weep for Lakshmana.
Rama gets angry and shoots one of his arrows into Ravana. Ravana’s last words are “Who would have thought a mortal would defeat evil.” Ravana’s blood fertilizes the ground. Leaves and flowers began to bloom. There is a song of eternal renewel (rebirth).

Part 4 The Throne

Chapter 20

Rama asks for Keikeyi. When she sees Rama she blows up! She was the wife of Ravana. Ravana was evil so when he died all evil died. Rama: “NOW LET THERE BE SPRING” Sita gives Rama a gift. It is the seed of She was the wife of Ravana. Ravana was evil so when he died all evil died. Rama: “NOW LET THERE BE SPRING” Sita gives Rama a gift. It is the seed of
LIFE



THE STORY OF RAMA
based on Rama: a Legend, by Jamake Highwater
NOTES: transcribed by Lauren P.

Characters:
1. Dasaratha - King of Ayodhya
2. Rama - King’s first-born son
3. Sita - Rama’s wife
4. Lakshmana - Rama’s brother
5. Kausalya - Rama’s mother
6. Kaikeyi - king’s second wife
7. King Janaka - ‘father’ of Sita
8. Hanuman - leader of monkey tribe
9. Ravana - 10-headed King of Lanka
10. Garuda - great bird (eagle)
11. Sugriva - king of monkey people

PART ONE: THE KINGDOM (King Dasaratha, Prince Rama)
Chapter 1 --
- Prince finds dead body
- Song of fertility
- Warning - “it’s an evil thing”
- body was not cremated (burned)
- Rama and workers dig with hands to uncover the body
- Song becomes “green mist” which spreads over a spring meadow
- find woman’s body (green hair-represents Spring, Nature)
- her “live” hand grabs Rama. Rama collapses.

Chapter 2 --
- Palace of the king (city Ayodhya)
- drums, fire dance by Temple dances - walk on hot coals (ritual to save Prince Rama)
- mourners cry (Rama is in semi-coma); breathing; lamentation
- Lakshmana, brother, is at his side
- King calls healers from all over the land to save Rama’s life
- King sits with young queen Kaikeyi (captive of war); she wants to be queen but the real queen is Kausalya (old)
- mother of Rama - banished to her own room
- she works on tapestry of her husband victories
- King is sad, weeps for his son. Sad time in kingdom.

Chapter 3 --
- Rama’s mother, Kausalya, says she can save him
- She has a special power: LOVE!
- “Rama is the river that flows from me,” says Rama’s mother
- Young wife, Kaikeyi, is mean and envious
- Kausalya: “Magic in a faraway land.”
- Beyond the valley, land of great eagle, Garuda
and palace of King Janaka (called “fiend”, “monster”) - Kausalya: “handmaid named Kara who knows about this land”
- Kausalya says to set Kara free; she knows Kara can lead them to King Janaka
- King’s daughter who can revive Rama from slumber
“Wise men say she’s a sorceress (magic), some say she is beautiful”
- “Sita is her name” - Green light appears - Rama rises
- Rama cries “HELP!” then falls

Chapter 4:
- King: “We will go to the palace of King Janaka!”
- going through the jungle to valley of the moon
- going to the palace of Janaka
- sees monkeys & bats hanging from the ceiling
- sees creature (“tiger eyes”)

Chapter 5:
- Rama awakes, feels himself breathing
- born as a newborn child, sees sun
- sees beautiful woman, she disappears
- vision - no one saw girl
- Rama walks like toddler, does not remember anything that happened to him; all he remembers is the face of the beautiful woman

- “Sweet dream” (Kausalya)
- King Dasaratha tells him it was a horrible creature in the cave where Rama was taken
- Mother: “Maybe it’s your spirit wife”
- grand tour of palace, showing hospitality
- they are to meet King Janaka in the assembly hall
- grand procession, music, drums, trumpets
- mysterious king is feared everywhere
- regular people bow to king
- old Kausalya receives wheat - becomes young again
- King Janaka calls for his one and only daughter, Sita
- Rama recognizes the “woman of his dreams”
- King Janaka found her in a furrow in a field
- Rama wants to go to her; king stops him: “You must be worthy of her”
- Sita vanishes

Chapter 6:
- King Janaka says a man must pass the “test of the spirit” to get his daughter
- Rama asks about the test: “what happened to the others who tried?”
- Princes, monarchs, etc. - competed for Sita
- Ones who failed the test made up evil stories about the “tyrant” Janaka and his “armies”
- they made him into a monster! they were angry they lost
- his daughter brought drought and famine to the enemies who attacked their peaceful kingdom
TEST #1: “are you driven by anger or compassion?”
Laksmana- “courage”
Rama - “love”
TEST #2: Bring the tiger bow; whoever lifts the magic bow will get Sita
- dancers appear
- sacred bow put in circle, pull off blanket; “invisible bow”
TASK #3: To lift “ethereal” bow and shoot an arrow into the heavens
Laksmana - “How can you conquer what you can’t see?”
Rama searches heart for understanding - delicate mist appears (from Heart)
- Rama touches bow; it becomes visible; he shoots arrow - shoots into space
- Herald - proclaims a message: “Everyone is invited to wedding of Prince Rama & Sita”
- everyone goes to Palace of Janaka
- waiting for ceremony - “auspicious sign” (good fortune)
- cloud covers sun, green mist appears, light rain, thunder bolt, song, moon, stars
- MOON & SUN are MARRIED (in heavens, eclipse; on earth, Rama & Sita)
- Janaka makes speech: “Sita will become mortal when she marries Rama”
Janaka sprinkles Sita with Holy Water.
Rama takes Sita’s hand
She awakens (in human life) from a dream
- Sita says: “Who are You?”
Rama says: “I am your husband”
She smiles.

Chapter 8:
- king Dasaratha is getting old - he hides (melancholy)
- young queen Kaikeyi doesn’t accept Rama & Sita
- King: “The throne is no place for an old king”
He decides to give throne to his son.
King: “One of you will be my successor.”
- Rama is chosen. King has premonitions (comet, bad dream, bad fortune)
- demon (wickedness) approaches
- old maid, servant of Kaikeyi - Kooni - hears about Rama being crowned.
- Kaikeyi plans to stop the coronation; she wants to ruin Rama with a LIE

Chapter 9:
- young queen Kaikeyi goes to see the king
- king is getting dressed for the coronation
- she barges into his chamber (he’s getting dressed)
- Kaikeyi tells him of his promise (to get her to marry him):
King’s 2 vows (boons) or promises:
(1) to make her son heir to the throne / she says she is pregnant / she wants to have the throne
- king calls Kaikeyi a demon (evil)
- it’s Kaikeyi vs. Rama and the winner is Kaikeyi
(2) grant any wish: “Rama must be banished!” (sent into exile)

Chapter 10:
- Rama is sent into exile (14 years)
- great sorrow: “Don’t go!”
Rama: “Do not be afraid. Look beyond the gates! There’s another world!”
- Gates = “Doorway to other world”
- adventurous life - Rama is in rags, clothes of a vagabond and beggar
- Rama: “I must go!” Dharma = destiny, divine duty
- Queen Kausalya begs her son not to go
Queen: “Let me go with you”
Rama: “I must go alone”
Queen: “Please let Lakshmana go with you”
Lakshmana: “I’ll go with Rama”
- Sita appears. She’s dressed in humble bark clothes (as a widow in robes of mourning)
- Sita: “I will go with you.”
Queen: “Yes, let Sita go with you!”

PART II
Chapter 11:
- they leave Ayodha (capital of Kosala)
- two horsemen arrive (messengers from Dasaratha):
“Father is dead”
- Message: Queen Mother wants sons to stay in the forest. Reason: Queen Kaikeyi seized power (throne) with help of demons of King Ravana of Lanka
- Sita: “We must listen to your mother”
Sita: “Grieve for your dead father”
- they won’t return for 4 seasons
- traveling companions - continue on journey to foothills (rainforest)
- Sita regains her earthly powers (forest world)
- mountainous area (Malu’s Pinnacles)
- Garuda (divine eagle) is on tall Pinnacle (friend of father, came from land of the dead) to protect them
- Sita is happy

Chapter 12:
- river of dreams (pools, springs, lotus)
- Rama sees Sita everywhere in Nature
- Garuda sounds a warning (invader is nearby); it’s an ugly creature, a carnivore
- creature runs away- evil magic (takes any shape or form)
- Rama sees a beautiful woman (“forgery of nature”)
- she things Rama is the “god of love” - he tells her about himself
- she says her name is Soorpanaka - “the princess of Lanka” (sister of King Ravana)
- she is ready to throw everything away for Rama (to be her husband)
- Rama refuses to become her husband. She sees Sita.
Soorpanaka: “She’s demonic magic”
- Soorpanaka wants Rama to get rid of Sita. She hurls herself at Sita. Rama defends Sita.
- Lakshmana chops off Soorpanaka’s ears and nose. She starts to disintegrate.
- Soorpanaka is the monster that Rama and Lakshmana saw! She flees.

Chapter 13:
- Army of demons come to Rama’s house (army sent by Soorpanaka)
- Garuda warns Rama. Rama takes bow and arrows - goes to face army.
- Demon commander, Kara -- wants to take Rama to king Ravana (leader)
- Sita screams! Darkness. Blood from the sky. Sun vanishes. Moon in the heavens. Creatures shreak! Explosions!
- Rama fights demons. Fights leader Kara.
- Sita screams again. Arrows don’t hurt Rama (he’s like a mountain)
- Sita screams a third time. Garuda arrives to help (drops demons from the sky)
- Kara jumps into air and cuts off Garuda’s wings, falls and dies. Rama gets angry.
- Rama shoots down many demons; Kara sends “arrow-serpents” against Rama
- Rama tells Kara to surrender - “Sita watches over me”
- Kara tells him he was ordered by King Ravana to abduct (kidnap) Sita

Chapter 14:
- Sita & Rama relax. Rama sleeps. In Land of Dreams.
- Sita still worries about Soorpanaka’s love for Rama.
- Sita tells Rama to dream Ravana’s dream.
Rama dreams of torches and King Ravana (who also
dreams). Rama dreams of torches and King Ravana.
Sees past kings. Not man nor beast.
- Ravana wakes up. Asks for meaning of his dream.
Says there was a woman in his dream. Sita
- Magicians: “Sita is Rama’s wife”
Ravana: “Kill Rama!”
Magicians: “Rama destroyed Kara’s army”
Ravana: “I’ll take his wife. Feed Rama’s body to my
sister”
Magicians: “How?”
Ravana: “Send Maricha (deer) - use magic”
- Ravana’s laughter heard everywhere
- Rama wakes up! He only remembers that they’re in GREAT DANGER!

Chapter 15:
- Deer materializes. Colorful. magician Maricha (phantom creature)
- Sita wants to capture the deer. Becomes entranced with it. Pursues it.
- Lakshmana warns her not to chase the deer.
Sita: “I’m not afraid. How can something so beautiful be evil?”
- Rama: “I’ll get the deer for you.” He chases the deer.
- Creature attacks Rama. He cries out. Sita hears him.
- Sita urges Lakshmana to go help Rama.
- Rama shoots Maricha with an arrow. Maricha dies.
- Sita is captured by Ravana (monster demon), who takes her in his celestial chariot to Lanka.

PART III - THE BATTLE
Chapter 16:
- Land of the Volcano
- brothers search for Sita. Days of great rain (monsoon).
Rama is melancholy (sadness). Rama sees Sita in Nature.
- Rama feels he can’t live without Sita.
- Finally, sunlight appears.

Chapter 17:
- Rama greets the birds. He asks birds if they saw Sita.
- They enter scorched earth area. Ravana’s footprints are everywhere. Ravana turned the place into a wasteland.
- They find Sita’s bracelet. It’s a trail for them to follow.
- they see a great white monkey (ape); his name is Hanuman
- Hanuman tells the story of how he saw Sita
He tells about Sugreeva (king of monkeys)
Sugreeva will help find Sita
- Sugriva has powers “to change form at will”
- Hanuman promises to find Sita - “to save Sita is to save the EARTH”
- Rama: “I believe you (Hanuman).” Rama convinces his brother to go to Sugreeva
- Lakshmana: “He’s (Hanuman) only an animal”
Rama: “Look inside yourself, and you’ll find an animal”.
- enter Valley of Monkeys (always spring).
Animals: elephant, cranes, peacocks, birds, frogs, tiger, antelopes, etc.
- King Sugreeva in his tree - awakens - monkeys stir (do the monkey dance)
- Sugreeva: “We’ve been waiting for you. Swans tried to rescue Sita. Light the sacred ceremony of kinship, friendship”
- Army of monkeys will search for Sita

Chapter 18:
- Army of monkeys march past Rama (parade)
- there’s a council of leaders
- Rama gives Hanuman Sita’s bracelet (so Hanuman will show he’s Rama’s messenger)
- the troops leave (each group goes in different direction: north, south, west, east)
- Rama stays with Sugreeva. Rama gets impatient.
Sugriva: “Be patient.”
- messenger from north: “Nothing”
- east & west: “No Sita”
- Full Moon - Hanuman returns. He found nothing.
Sugriva: “Our quest for Sita is not over. Ask for giant birds help” (Sampathi - magical, wounded bird). Sita is beyond the world we know.”
Hanuman: “that vulture won’t be able to do it”
Sugreeva: “fly all you birds” (message), “tell all the monkeys to meet where the great water begins (ocean)”

Chapter 19:
- Great Water (ocean)
- Ocean: “Sea is cradle of life. Rivers all hurry back to me”
- Rama wants to shoot the Ocean
Ocean: “You can’t kill Eternity”
- Rama: “I’m willing to do anything to get back Sita”
Ocean: “Sita is gone. She needs to come back or Spring won’t return.”
- Rama: “Did you see Sita die?”
- Ocean: “No, a demon King carried her away across the water.
- Rama touches Sampathi. Sampathi becomes a glorious bird again.
- Sampathi goes in search of Sita.
- Sea promises to hold the bridge they will build.

Chp. 20 --

Monkeys build bridge (boulders, trees, etc.)
Sampathi returns: “I have found Sita.”
Hanuman announces: “Sita is in garden of Ravana’s palace.
Sugriva: “Now we’re ready to save Sita from Eternal Winter. “We’ll attack Ravana.”
They cross to Lanka. They see a destroyed land.
Rama: “I must search for Sita alone” (in kingdom of death)
The city is ruined, people are dying, corpses everywhere.
Monkeys spread fire to city.
Rama races the demons (warriors of Ravana).
Battle cry - monkeys battle demons.
Long battle.
Rama finally faces Ravana.
Lakshmana attacks Ravana -- plunges sword in Ravana.
Ravana stomps on Lakshmana.
Rama & Hanuman weep for Lakshmana’s death.
Rama goes to Ravana’s palace.
Ravana is shot by Rama’s arrow.
Ravana’s last words: “Who would have thought a mortal would defeat evil.”
Ravana’s blood flows -- fertilizes ground -- leaves and flowers grow.
Song of eternal renewal (rebirth).

PART 4 -- THE THRONE
Ch. 20
Rama asks for Kaikeyi -- she blows up
She’s the evil wife of Ravana -- now that Ravana is dead, she too dies.
Rama: “Now let there be springtime in our kingdom.”
Sita arrives.
She gives him a special gift: A SEED. LIFE.


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