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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Myths of Bengal

14 September 2006 – 7 January 2007
Free

Exhibition closed

Room 91

Part of the Voices of Bengal season

Myths of Bengal focuses on the tradition of storytelling in Bengal, and features religious stories presented in the remarkable Bengali scrolls and artefacts from the Museum's collection. A major highlight is the 13-metre Gazi scroll, which recounts the life and deeds of the local Bengali Muslim saint Gazi.

This remarkable artefact celebrates the traditional Bengali custom of scroll painting and highlights the huge importance of oral tradition in Bengali culture. Six other stories explored in the exhibition cover some of the major Hindu deities, including Krishna, Rama, Durga, and the local snake goddess Manasa.

Detail from the Gazi scroll. From Bengal, perhaps the Murshidabad district, India, around AD 1800

Detail from the Gazi scroll. From Bengal, perhaps the Murshidabad district, India, around AD 1800