Monkey is the most close to the human intelligence of primates, intelligent, hyperactive is its obvious characteristics. Monkeys can do some human actions, understand human behavior, be good at climbing, and are extremely dexterous. Therefore, in many cultures, monkeys have the symbol of intelligence and evolution, so they are loved and respected by people. In Chinese and Indian mythology, monkeys play the role of agile and intelligent heroes. Monkey King plays this role in journey to the West. The monkey king Hanuman in Hinduism is not only the God of medicine, but also a warrior. Among all kinds of legends about the transformation of apes into human beings, a folk legend of the Luoba nationality has the most symbolic meaning of its own creation.
Monkey itself is not easy to tame, hyperactivity, playfulness and mischief is the other symbol. And monkeys are good at imitation, so they are often used to satirize human vanity and other vices. In Christian tradition, monkey is disgusted by people and causes people’s suspicion. It is synonymous with evil, greed, blind worship and heresy.
Among the monkeys, there are some that are cute and some that are annoying. Therefore, when people write about monkeys in their works, they often think of people’s bad behaviors; When we write about people, we will associate with monkey’s bad behavior. Therefore, it is not surprising that there are different opinions on monkeys in monkey culture.