Because of his troubling resemblance to man, the Monkey has left its mark on our imaginations, and has been associated with many beliefs and representations for thousands of years.
In the Hindu religion, the monkey is a revered figure. In Bali, Indonesia, the “monkey dance” recounts the epic victory of Hanuman, the monkey god, who delivered Queen Sita from the claws of the evil Ravana, the god of demons.
In Jodhpur, in India, langur monkeys are considered to be the descendants of Hanuman’s soldiers, and a blessing for the people.
In the Buddhist religion, the monkey’s image is more complex. As a slave to his desires, he symbolizes man left to his own animalistic impulses.
Extract from the documentary: “Tribal Animals - Apes”
Direction: Jérôme Ségur & Jean Queyrat
Production: ZED & France Télévisions
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