Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Amber & Hanuman Jayanti

Today, on the birthday of the mighty mythic monkey king, Hanuman, I want to talk to you, dear reader, about monkeys.  Namely, I want to tell you two things.

1.  Monkeys are awesome.

2.  And, as such, they should be recognized as their amazing, diverse selves and not confused with apes.  Monkeys and apes are totally different.  It's almost like confusing hippos and hedge pigs.

You think I am overly sensitive to the confusion?  Googleimagesearch "monkey" and notice that orangs, chimps, and gorillas are not monkeys.  Nor is Kevin: he has not tail, for starters.

I leave you with this wonderful story.  Hanuman's buddy Lakshaman is gravely injured as the result of an unfortunate mishap.  Hanuman flies to the Himalayas to get an herb that will heal the wounds.  My understanding, from MC Yogi, is that he can't decide which herb to bring back so he takes the whole mountain.  In this version, I'm not sure why he brings the whole mountain since he seems to have found the herb.  Maybe it's about bringing enough?  Anyway: super cool mountain-moving trick.

I love monkeys so much, I will even forgive Hanuman introducing non-native species to the area.


CRD said...

Well I'll be a monkey's uncle. By which I mean, the brother of Kevin's mother or father.

Alison said...

I am that person who always corrects someone when they make a monkey vs ape error. I like to think both the monkeys and the apes appreciate it.

Amy said...

I would like to star CRD's comment for creativity and humor. (which is not to say I think Kevin is a monkey any more than any of us are.)