Monkey symbolizes intelligence and curiosity. They can get into a lot of trouble just by themselves. Their resourcefulness can show the way to good, or evil. As a guide, Monkey can definitely make your imagination and creativity work.
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Monkey Symbolism in Asia
The monkey represents enjoyment, activity, charisma and lively nature. It shows a person who has many friends and it is one of the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac. It is a symbol of natural interest, but can show decadence and revolt.
The monkey is trustworthy, clever, playful and wise and its character has been adopted into religion, tradition, legend and astrology. As a tattoo symbol, Chinese kanji is believed to jump over various parts of the anatomy while as a Chinese zodiac, it is believed to be super-quick and exceptional and opportunistic. In Hindu, it is a god known to be called as Hanuman who is thought to be the rebirth of Shiva their god. The monkey god is brave and committed to impartiality while in Japan the monkey was the courier of the gods. It became as a symbol of a beautiful marriage, harmless childbirth, fruitfulness and a defender against sickness and demons.
There is a popular myth that tells of the monkey who went with a monk who brought with them the holy Buddhist teachings and beliefs, on his voyage from India to China. Aside from being smart and courageous the monkey was chosen because it could protect the monk from the demons and from the evil spirits. Monkeys are being glorified as a patron of arts by Mayan in Mexico and became a symbol of knowledge and prophecy and it was also being connected with the sun by the ancient Aztecs.
In Japan, the monkey's task in protecting against demons come originally from the Japanese word for monkey, pronounced as saru, which is a homonym for the Japanese word "expel". The word monkey means to "drive out, punch out, keep back, and fight away. In Japan’s mythology of Japan's Mt. Hiei shrine-temple multiplex, this makes the monkey known as an "expeller of demons. In some other traditions, the monkey is also believed to defend against thieves.
In Japanese culture, monkey is the representations of the saying "see no evil; hear no evil; speak no evil."
There is a supernatural side to Monkey in many cultures. In China Monkey was believed to communicate to the fairies and spirits. Chinese monkey symbol is mysterious and it comes from painting or drawing. Olden Chinese people create some figures that eventually evolve and became Chinese monkey symbol. The latter became now a very popular symbol and you can actually the monkey symbol on every body parts of their body.
In arts, it consists of Chinese monkey symbol such as in the area of Chinese painting and calligraphy. It became a great idea and perfect decoration of rooms. It even became a famous symbol on their t-shirts. While in India, monkey is believed to be as self-righteous.