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Four wise monkeys Buddhist principle

Four wise monkeys Buddhist principle

Four wise monkeys Buddhist principle – hear, speak, see, do no evil

Four wise monkeys Buddhist principle
Many are familiar with Three wise monkeys representing Buddhist religion principle of non-doing three evils – “see no evil”, “hear no evil”, “do not speak of evil”. Monkeys Mi-zaru, Cica-zaru and Yves-zaru “hide” from evil, closing the mouth, eyes and ears; their images are often found in sculptures and figurines, as well as copied and parodied. But they also have a fourth friend, whose image is much rarer. Forgotten Sedzaru embodies the principle of “do not commit evil,” and the arms cover belly or crotch area. Since the Japanese consider the number 4 unlucky, fourth, though the most important monkey, is mentioned very rarely. The four wise monkeys have become the real inspiration for artists and craftsmen all over the world.

Four wise monkeys wooden sculpture

Four wise monkeys wooden sculpture

Somewhere, in the early 2000s when plowing a field near the village of Pokrovka of Pavlovsk district, Voronezh region peasants, removed from the earth a very unusual statue. A small figure made of marl (sedimentary rock, intermediate between the clay and limestone) and it had an anthropomorphic image with a large egg-shaped head, large almond eyes, hands pressed to the head and bent legs.

Bronze Age figurine from the village of Pokrovka

Bronze Age figurine from the village of Pokrovka. (Image credit iskonno.ru)

They say, that alongside with the scaphoid was raised the boat-shaped ax, and the very figure refers to about 2.5-3 thousand years BC. e.

Bronze Age figurine from the village of Pokrovka

Bronze Age figurine from the village of Pokrovka

Once again, look closely: the right hand covers the ear, the left – the mouth, the eyes may be closed (the pupils are not indicated). “I do not see, do not hear, do not say’, similar to the three monkeys? And it is from the Bronze Age? Beautiful, but not provable. If it’s true, the hypothesis of the Japanese origin of the three monkeys could be considered inappropriate.

Three wise monkeys. Benilda Resort, the Philippines

Three wise monkeys. Benilda Resort, the Philippines

On the island of Mindoro there is a resort town Benilda (Benilda Resort, named after the owner’s mother). Nothing unusual: cottages, a large swimming pool and a restaurant, until you get to the garden. The garden features a huge sculpture of three monkeys. It is difficult to say for sure, but most likely, it is the largest statue of three monkeys in the world. (Image credit firingyourimagination.blogspot.com)

Four wise monkeys

Four wise monkeys

Four wise monkeys

Four wise monkeys, figurines made of selenite

Selenite figurines of Four wise monkeys

Three wise monkeys sculptural composition in Irkutsk, Russia

Sculptural composition of three wise monkeys in Irkutsk, Russia