YOU MUST KNOW #18
The earliest mention of a divine monkey, interpreted by some scholars as the proto-Hanuman, is in hymn 10.86 of the Rigveda, dated to between 1500 and 1200 BCE.
The twenty-three verses of the hymn are a metaphorical and riddle-filled legend. It is presented as a dialogue between multiple characters: the god Indra, his wife Indrani, and an energetic monkey it refers to as Vrisakapi and his wife Kapi.
The hymn opens with Indrani complaining to Indra that some of the soma offerings for Indra have been allocated to the energetic and strong monkey, and the people are forgetting Indra.
The king of the gods, Indra, responds by telling his wife that the living being (monkey) that bothers her is to be seen as a friend and that they should make an effort to coexist peacefully.
The hymn closes with all agreeing that they should come together in Indra’s house and share the wealth of the offerings.
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