Saturday, July 15, 2017

Children can attack Ravana to save Sita at Taiwan’s National Palace Museum


At Taiwan's National Palace Museum Southern Branch in Taibao, children can join the Ramayana battle and attack Ravana to save Sita with an interactive game device for educational purposes.
Lord Hanuman is the game host and it also includes constructing the bridge over the ocean. This is done, after children finish watching animation film on "Ramayana" in its Asian Theater, for the purposes of reviewing the plot and remembering it and children are prompted to recall the storyline. This film "aims to convey to children the many virtues of Rama, Laksmana, Hanuman, and Sita", Museum announcement says.
Lord Hanuman is also the mascot of Children's Creative Center of the Museum, (dedicated to 5-12 year-old children and established "to encourage children to explore the diversity of Asian cultures"), "in order to appeal to family audience".
Commending Taiwan's National Palace Museum for educating visiting children about Ramayana and for exhibiting Hindu artifacts, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d'Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.
Jeng-Yi Lin is the Director of awards-winning Taiwan's National Palace Museum founded in 1925, which houses ancient Chinese artifacts and includes a collection of about 700,000 objects.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about 1.1 billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

UNESCO blamed of hypocrisy for heritage status to island where women are forbidden


Hindus have blamed United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) of hypocrisy over granting Okinoshima Island of Japan the World Heritage Site status where the women are not allowed to set foot.
UNESCO World Heritage Committee, whose 41st session is meeting in Krakow (Poland) on July 2-12, endorsed Okinoshima Island of Japan for inscription on UNESCO's World Heritage List; it was announced on July nine.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was clear betrayal of the cause of UNESCO where "Gender Equality" was one of the two "Global Priorities". He urged UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova to resign for insincerity to the ideals of UNESCO.
It was a blatant case of promotion and providing official stamp of approval to "gender-inequality" by UNESCO and its two-facedness, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted.
UNESCO, which "considers gender equality as a fundamental human right, a building block for social justice and an economic necessity", should be embarrassed of its actions of placing this Island even on its Tentative List of heritage sites. It seemed that UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and Executive Board Chairperson Michael Worbs and other concerned officials failed to really read and grasp the priorities and goals of the organization, Rajan Zed indicated.
Zed stated that UNESCO should not be in the business of rewarding the monuments/sites which refused to treat women with equality and respect they deserved. Women were entitled to equal rights and opportunities and this gender discrimination at the Island needed to end right now as it was highly inappropriate and out-of-line.
Rajan Zed, quoting scriptures, explained that ancient Manusmriti said: "Where women are revered, there the gods are pleased; where they are not, no rite will yield any fruit."
Men and women were equal in the eyes of God; Zed said, and urged His Holiness Pope Francis and other world religious leaders to strongly speak on this gender equality issue. How could the "men-only" island be on the UNESCO World Heritage List? Zed wondered.
"Okinoshima Island and Related Sites in Munakata Region" was on the Tentative List under Japan in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention since 2009. A description of Okinoshima Island on UNESCO website includes: "where from the fourth to the tenth centuries national religious rituals were conducted to supplicate the gods" and "where gods descended to live in this world". A "Nomination Dossier" was prepared by Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs for this site in January 2016.