The monkey Hanuman carrying the heroes Rama and Lakshmana
Mithila | BiharIf you follow the Chinese zodiac, I was born in the year of the wood monkey. According to one web site, "Monkeys are usually erratic geniuses. You are remarkably inventive and original, and can solve the most difficult problems with a lot of ease. You are a vary intelligent and a very clever wit. Because of your extraordinary nature and magnetic personality, you are always well-liked. Your sign promises success in any field you try."
Monkey Statuette, glazed fruitware, IranWell, humph - I can agree with the genius part but erratic? Never.
MONKEY 2011, The METAL Rabbit Year : You'll be free again to maneuver and manipulate your way through life. The Rabbit year is always good for Monkeys. The waters are calmer; refinement is the byword in these years. It’s an excellent time for you to revamp your lifestyle. Take stock at the beginning of a Rabbit year and you'll be on the move by its end. Don't hesitate to use your pull in lofty realms. If a politician or socialite owes you a favor, knock on their door more than once.
Monkey King, Shadow Puppet, Indonesia
All images from the Asian Art Museum web site
PS: pretty obvious nobody is reading this - I haven't gotten one snarky comment about my wonderfulness. It's great being the Monkey King (or Queen)