Beautiful snow monkey (Macaca fuscata) images.

by David Ng

The Japanese macaque has featured prominently in the religion, folklore, and art of Japan, as well as in proverbs and idiomatic expressions in the Japanese language. In Shinto belief, mythical beasts known as raijū sometimes appeared as monkeys and kept Raijin, the god of lightning, company. The “Three wise monkeys”, who warn people to “see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil”, are carved in relief over the door of the famous Tōshō-gū shrine in Nikkō. (More at Wiki)

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