Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • What adjectives would you use to describe this sculpture of Durga?

  • Durga is a protective figure in the Hindu tradition. What are other protective figures or heroes that you can think of that appear in other cultures and societies (i.e. superheroes, rulers, gods/goddesses, family members.) How is this figure similar to or different from other protectors and heroes with whom you are familiar?

  • Durga appears at once feminine and powerful. Who are other female figures that hold great power?

Making Connections

For Students K-12

  • In this sculpture Durga holds many different attributes that aid her in her purpose. Research a Hindu attribute and create a presentation outlining the purpose and function of the attribute with reference to its appearance in Hindu art or literature.

  • Based on class discussion and your own personal knowledge, brainstorm with your classmates a list of at least five heroic figures. Next, brainstorm a list of ten adjectives or attributes that could be used to describe a hero (e.g. strong, wears a cape, has a side-kick, etc.). Then, create a table that connects the five heroes to the appropriate adjectives or attributes. *Younger students can create a Venn diagram that compares and contrasts Durga with another hero figure. What does each figure have that is unique, and where do their adjectives or attributes overlap?