Mythology: Ancient Civilizations
Did the earth begin with a dream, a yawn or a battle? Who did people first fear and worship? What is the hero’s journey? Your students will get answers to these grand questions listening to myths performed by Jonathan Kruk, your master storyteller.
Garbed in a tunic, with his sage’s stick, "Jonathan the Bard" gives students a spirited performance of a series of creation myths from the ancient civilizations; Greece, Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China and Olmec/Mayan.
A fifty-minute assembly interactive performance, with the option of adding up to four myth-making workshops, this program addresses sixth-grade curriculum but can be tailored to all.
Ancient Civilizations: Students are taken on a tour in myths the from the five major “cradles of civilization.” Egypt, Mestopotamia, India, China and the Olmec/Mayans.
Workshops: Guided by teacher artist Jonathan Kruk, M.A. Edu. students use "Ingredients for making a myth" to begin writing their own creation story or hero journey.
FEES: $450. for one assembly performance. $100. for each Myth-Making workshops
Possible Performance Myths -
STUDENT PANTHEON! - The performance opens with fifteen students joining their "Bard" on stage to create a Pantheon. Given a portrait with a description of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus, each student presents their diety with flair and feeling.
Creation - In the Beginning Chaos yawned out Dark, Night and Bright Sky, then Taratus, Eros, Erebus, and Gaia. Eros makes Gaia feel lonely, so she creates Uranus her first husband. They give birth to the three cyclopic giants Thunder, Lighting and lightning bolt and the Hecatonchires fifty heads and 100 arms. And the 12 Titans. Cronus drives away his father, but swallows his children. Zeus arrives, a battle ensues, leading to his conquering of the Titans and rule from Mount Olympus.
Athena’s Birth and the Naming of Athens - Worried his next child will take over as he took over from his father, Zeus sticks his wife and unborn child in his head. Athena cracks out and soon wins the contest to name Athens. There is a turn and talk on which god or goddess should win.
The Minotaur - Theseus travels to Crete to stop evil King Minos from sacrificing more Athenians youth to his monstrous son, the Minotaur. Theseus with help from Minos daughter succeeds.
Prometheus Steals Fire - The titan who sided with Zeus has second thoughts on the thunder god, when mankind gets neglected. Prometheus steals some fire and pays the price!
Icarus - Daedelus and his son flee from Crete, but to be like the gods is too tempting for the adolescent Icarus. Alas the poor lad gets his wings clipped by Helios.
Peresphone & Hades - Hades steals Demeter's daughter, causing the goddess of the harvest to stop crops from growing. Winter and Summer result in the solution.
Other Story Possibilities: Orpheus, A Labor of Hercules, Artemis & Apollo, Jason and the Golden Fleece, Odysseus and the Cyclops, Perseus, Medusa & Andromeda, Aesop's Fables: Orpheus, A Labor of Hercules, Artemis & Apollo, Jason and the Golden Fleece, Odysseus and the Cyclops, Perseus, Medusa & Andromeda, Aesop's Fables
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EGYPTIAN MYTH POSSIBILITIES
Creation - Ra the sun god rises from a lifeless sea on a pyramid.
The Eight Ogdoad - the story of the original deities.
Osiris & Isis - Ra’s children must rise up, but the real problem god is Osiris’s jealous brother Seth!
Thoth - the god of wisdom gambles for more time.
Bastet - the story of the goddess of cats.
Sobek - the grim crocodile god!
The Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor - a heroes tale showing what the ancient Egyptian’s valued.
Mesopotamia, India, China and Olmec - The creation story from each cultural.
The Epic of Gilgamesh - a heroe's magical battles and adventures
The Vishnu Gives Birth to Brahma and the World - a strange origin story
Asking the Heavenly Questions to Start the World - quizzical tale from China