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    Posted 7 months ago

    dav2no1
    (501 items)

    Wood Carved Mizaru, Kikazaru, and Iwazaru

    Approximately 3 1/2" tall

    The three wise monkeys. See no evil, Hear no evil and Speak no evil.

    WHAT'S ALL THIS MONKEY BUSINESS?
    "Those three wise monkeys are supposed to represent a way not to feel evil. ... Similarly, hearing the evil or speaking of it makes a part of us turning into evil. Those three little monkeys would be a call to refuse the evil in our life."

    ORIGIN
    "The Wise Monkeys originated in Japan, where they have been known since the 16th century; statues of them are set at crossroads in honour of Koshin, the God of Roads, whose attendants they are. There, their slogan is Mi-zaru, kika-zaru, iwa-zaru, ‘No seeing, no hearing, no speaking’, with a pun on saru, Japanese for ‘Monkey’, and it is used seriously to teach prudence and purity."

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 months ago
      Wonderful wood carvings! I love your writeup on these. I never knew the story behind The Wise Monkeys until now. Pretty cool info!!

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