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Tikal temple, Guatemala

This temple is part of the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, in modern-day Guatemala. It was built around 732 AD.

The Great Mosque of Djenne, Mali

The Great Mosque of Djenne, Mali, is an adobe mosque built in 1907 on top of a similar mosque that dated back to the 13th century.

Dome of the Rock

The Dome of the Rock, al-Aqsa Mosque, the Old City, Jerusalem, Israel. Inside is the place where the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ascended to Heaven, according to legend.

Buddha Shakyamuni

Buddha Shakyamuni or Akshobhya, the Buddha of the East

Date: 11th-12th century
Culture: Tibet
Medium: Gilt copper
Dimensions: H. 22 3/4 in. (58 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers Fund and Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1995
Accession Number: 1995.106

Art and the Hindu Pantheon of Gods

Recommended Grade Levels: 9th-12th grade
Supplies Needed: 1 3D printer, 1 spool of PLA plastic filament
Preparation time: 24 hours
Lesson duration: 2 hours

Description: The legends surrounding the Hindu pantheon of gods and goddesses inspired many artists to do their best to accurately depict them and their stories.

Objectives: Students should be able to recognize elements of Hindu mythology in various works of Indian art and compare and contrast artistic choices to tell the stories of Hindu lore.

Models include:

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The Spread of Buddhism, 500BCE to Present

Recommended Grade Levels: 6th-7th grade
Supplies Needed: 1 3D printer, 1 spool of PLA plastic filament
Preparation time: 12 hours
Lesson duration: 2 hours

Description: From its beginnings in India to being known the world over, Buddhism has redefined religion and what it means to be "enlightened". Track the story of how Siddhartha Gautama's followers took his teachings and turned it into a complex, thorough understanding of humanity's relationship with the physical and spiritual worlds.

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