Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pandora's Box

As I mentioned in my earlier post, Year 5 learn everything under the sun about Ancient Greek last term. That means they take 3 1/2 months to cover the issue, from early September until middle of December. Not only they learn it in class, their homeworks are also about Ancient Greek. So whether I like it or not, I as the helper at home, has to learn as well.

But DS homework this last term was somehow easier compared to when he was in Year 4. We were given a few pages of ideas, and we may choose anything that we want to do. The way it was done, it's easier to score minimum points which was 25 per half term (ie 50 points for the whole term). Of course, I tend to pick on the easier ones and tried my very best to influence DS to choose the ones that I chose :D

One of the homework that DS did was Pandora's Box. The task was something like this :

Create and decorate Pandora's Box, make cards portraying the many negative elements that come out from the box.

Of course I heard of this box before but I did not know what it actually is. Since DS seemed to know the story, I let him do the decorating and the cards. Initially he resisted on using the stuff that I already bought because he thought that it's too girlish. But then I said Pandora was a girl.

DS's version of Pandora's Box

I know you all agree that it's girlish right??? Hehehe.. I did not know what to get, I must be the worst craft person in the world, I just simply have no idea how and what to decorate!!! Then I saw these ready made stuff and it's sold quite cheap here. The whole bag was only 1 euro (DS only used a few pieces). He can simply remove the sticker and stick it to the box any way he liked it. And the box? It's a chocolate box that a visitor brought some time ago... it does come in handy huhhh...

So I said to DS, it did not matter how you decorate the box, what the teacher wanted to see was whether you understand the story behind it.

This is what DS said he told the teacher when he brought in the box to the class :

The colourful decoration represents what life is before Pandora opens the box. Bright, cheerful and happy life.

The bad elements that come out....

He made many cards to represent the negative elements, Fear, Crime, Hate, Sickness, Evil, Anger, Stupidity etc and the cartoons, he copied from the emoticons hehehe...(I love the Sickness one) The red crawling fire represents the elements trying to come out from the box.

And at last... Hope

My research on the Wiki reveals the following :

In classic Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on earth. Zeus ordered Hephaestus, the god of craftsmanship, to create her, so he did - using water and earth. The gods endowed her with many gifts: Athena clothed her, Aphrodite gave her beauty, and Hermes speech.

When Prometheus stole fire from heaven, Zeus took vengeance by presenting Pandora to Epimetheus, Prometheus' brother. With her, Pandora was given a beautiful jar which she was not to open under any circumstance. Impelled by her curiosity given to her by the gods, Pandora opened the jar, and all evil contained escaped and spread over the earth. She hastened to close the lid, but the whole contents of the jar had escaped, except for one thing that lay at the bottom, which was Hope.

The original Greek word used was actually "pithos" which means "a large jar", however in the 16th century, Erasmus of Rotterdam a Dutch humanist had mistranslated "pithos" as "pyxis" which means "box". The phrase "Pandora's Box" has endured ever since.

Mama's Note : I remember watching one of Angelina Folie's (the actress not the Cat) film, which involves her biking on the Great Wall of China to walking deep in the wilderness of Africa in search of the Pandora's Box where she has to kill the hero to save the world. Ohh so sad. . . .


Cheqna said...

Even if pernah dengar "pandora's box" tak pernah pun tau the history thou tau it refers to "something unknown"..rupanya Greek myths.

Pandai Ilham..n of her course his mum too :-)

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Ehem...and why was the cat mentioned here? Ada je tau! Yes. The box is kinda girly. But if Ilham fills it with jewels and bling bling, I'd be happy to receive it. purrr....meow!

Azrey Rozie Eiman said...

The Pandora's Box is really nice!

i amsterdam said...

Banyak juga Greek myths ni, I like the story of Achilles, movie version by Brad Pitt :D

i amsterdam said...

Hehehee... if I did not mention "the cat", I'm sure you would have :D

i amsterdam said...

My DS was actually embarrassed to bring it to school hehehe

Al-Manar said...

Seeing your comments brings me here. It is so obvious you are taking special care of your son. From what you have posted, I tell myself how lucky you are to have the opportunity of raising a boy in the kind of educational environments.

I will read more from you postings to learn how you came about to be living in this beautiful city. I used to visit the Hague regularly when I was still a working person. I have a lot of memories of Holland seeing the country with my family. It is all over. But it is nice to see it today from some one's views of what it is today.

Salaam to you and family. Will come again insya Allah.

i amsterdam said...

Waalaikumsalam Al-Manar,

Thank you for coming to our humble blog :D

Alhamdulillah, I tell myself to look at the good things that they have in education here. Of course there are some disadvantages too, but we try to make the best of it.

I love Holland, used to live in Amsterdam(outskirt) before moving here. Every where is so serene and surprisingly green as well.

*smile* you will not find the story of how I came to live here because I never mention them :D But yes, dear husband is currently posted here - govnt related industry. But do come back and read my 2 cents worth of thoughts :D


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