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Monday, 28 July 2008


This is Hanuman,

one of the most popular Gods in Hinduism and one of the most important personalities in the Indian epic, the Ramayana. His most famous feat, as described in the Hindu epic scripture the Ramayana, was leading a monkey army to fight the demon King Ravana and rescue a kidnapped princess.

Under the belief that this deity is the lucky charm which Barack Obama carries around with him, a group of Indians presented a statue of the revered Indian monkey God, Hanuman, to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Yes, I know this is old news (and Obama is no longer in the UK) but I was prompted to think of this after a visit to the Watford Manor Temple yesterday afternoon.

It also brought to mind the French expression that you can’t teach a monkey to grimace (so much more expressive than the English version “you can’t teach your grandmother to suck eggs”).

Posted by bigblue on 28/07/2008 at 08:51 AM
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