Thursday, August 25, 2016

Monkey Tales at UK's Ashmolean Museum

Hanuman sets fire to Lanka with his tail, Ravi Varma Press, Bombay and Lonavla, India Chromolithograph, Early 1900s
UNITED KINGDOM---One of the most popular Hindu gods is Hanuman the Monkey, in some tales described as a manifestation of Shiva. Revered for his bravery, strength, loyalty and dedication to justice, Hanuman’s heroic exploits are told in the great Hindu epic Ramayana, in which he is depicted as a warrior fighting for King Rama against the evil demon king Ravana. He is also mentioned in several other texts. Some scholars believe that Hanuman mythology might be the origin of the Chinese Monkey King story. "Monkey Tales: Apes and Monkeys in Asian Art" is on exhibit at the  Ashmolean Museum through October 30, 2016.