During our childhood we Indians hear many stories about demons and mythical creatures, parables and legends. As adults we hear countless stories from the Puranas (ancient Indian writings written on palm leaves). When we get older, we invent and tell countless stories from our own experiences and memories. One of them is this one.
A gang of monkeys went on wanderings and came into a lonely forest. There they found an abandoned town and its palace. A small monkey dared to sneak into the palace. He expected to meet birds, mice or snakes there. But it was very quiet inside. The monkey jumped into a hall. It wasn’t very bright, yet he saw a fast-moving ghost there and screamed and almost scared himself to death. He fled the hall. Trembling, he stood in front of the gang of monkeys and told of a screaming, fast moving, terrible demon he met inside the old ghost palace.
A young female monkey said,
>> It could also be that you disturbed the demon and that’s why he reacted so violently <<.
The female young monkey decided to climb inside. She moved slowly and hesitantly entered the room. There she met a monkey who looked at her calmly and gently and hardly moving. The young monkey bowed apologetically and made a retreat.
After the monkey had reported her peaceful encounter with the ghost, one of the older monkeys said quietly,
>> Itis the vertically standing pond, which humans have created <<
and the gang of monkeys decided to leave the palace immediately and went on wandering to somewhere else.
Question to the children: Do you know what the older monkey meant?
sure.sh 2016/04 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
How humans turn humans into monkeys,
monkeys don’t turn monkeys into humans.
© Manfred Hinrich (1926 – 2015), Dr. phil., Germanphilosopher
Contribution picture (Hulman monkeys) courtesy of Karl-Heinz Mücke from Pattensen.