monkey

General - A long-tailed animal, mostly treeliving, found in many parts of the world and appearing in various mythologies. (1) In Buddhist lore, the monkey is an incarnation of the Buddha. (2) In China, the monkey is one of the members of the Twelve Terrestrial Branches. (3) In the East Indies the monkey is regarded as holding the souls of the dead. Some tribes in Borneo believe that the souls of the dead are translated into grey monkeys while in Java the black monkey is said to hold the soul of the scholar and the brown monkey the soul of the poser. (4) Hanuman, the trickster monkeygod of Hindu lore, is regarded as a manifestation of Vishnu. Occasionally referred to as monkey.

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