(English) Travel photo: Monkey Temple, Kathmandu Valley

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28 Responses to “(English) Travel photo: Monkey Temple, Kathmandu Valley”

  1. ItalianNotes 18 mai 2012 1724 #

    I find both N stories nutty and nice, though I fail to see the causality between monkeys and head lice not to mention Norway and Harald Haarfager’s fair hair.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 mai 2012 1246 #

      Comparison a bit far-fetched, you think…? :)

  2. Elena Anne 19 mai 2012 1012 #

    Honestly, it’s the first time that I’ve heard about this. The structure is really awesome! Were you the one who took this picture?

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 mai 2012 1240 #

      Yes, I took that. I was in Nepal in the pre-digital days, so this is a scan of an old-fashioned print photo.

  3. Laurel 20 mai 2012 1125 #

    I love monkey temples and the idea of monkeys being revered, even if it does turn them into little brats.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 20 mai 2012 1245 #

      I like them, too – but I must admit, at a little distance, at least when they’re aggressive. A friend of mine is very bothered by monkeys, though – they’re too much like humans for her comfort, I think, a reminder of our more primitive traits.

  4. robin 20 mai 2012 1917 #

    No wonder the photo is from a print – it has a real retro look about it, like Nat Geo shots from the seventies. Lovely.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 mai 2012 1618 #

      Wow, thanks :)

  5. Emme Rogers 21 mai 2012 0100 #

    Glad you answered what made the monkeys holy, as that is exactly what I was asking 2 seconds before you told us.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 mai 2012 1618 #

      A bit strange that story, isn’t it…

  6. Beautiful place! I was wondering why it would be called the Monkey Temple. I bet it would be quite the site to see with all the monkeys swarming everywhere.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 mai 2012 1620 #

      The monkeys were mostly around the many stairs coming up to the stupa, hopping about on the hand rails.

  7. InsideJourneys 21 mai 2012 1416 #

    His hair must have been verrry long by the time this was done!
    I just thought about this: in the Bible, Samson’s strength was in his hair. He lost it when his hair was cut.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 mai 2012 1621 #

      Interesting. Repeats itself through many cultures. Wonder where it originated…

  8. Megan 21 mai 2012 1907 #

    Beautiful photo! I would never have guessed there were monkeys living there… and holy ones no less!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 mai 2012 1621 #

      :)

  9. Andrea 21 mai 2012 2132 #

    I love the decorative design on the outside!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 mai 2012 1622 #

      It really is a most striking temple.

  10. Angela 22 mai 2012 1726 #

    Lovely picture, I remember when I went to India everybody was scared of monkeys and they kept telling me because they are too naughty and they beat everyone up! I’ve always found them very cute :) That temple is probably better than one I visited in Bikaner, India, full of rats!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 mai 2012 1622 #

      Rather monkeys than rats, that’s for certain.

  11. Leigh 22 mai 2012 2216 #

    I remember those aggressive monkeys well but the head lice story is all new to me. Amazing the stuff we learn on your site Sophie.
    I was there in pre digital days too and all my shots were on slide film.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 mai 2012 1623 #

      I have heaps of slides as well. Just got a little box that converts slides to jpg, so a fun summer ahead :)

  12. Ayngelina 23 mai 2012 0702 #

    Pretty photo for a very strange story :)
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 mai 2012 1624 #

      Very strange indeed :)

  13. Very interesting post. I really like the structure of this temple. I would love to visit it, even though the monkeys can be aggressive. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 24 mai 2012 1626 #

      Thanks. It’s an interesting temple, but then so is all of Kathmandu. A strange, in the very best sense of the word – and exciting place.

  14. Bijaya Ghimire 12 oktober 2012 1240 #

    And in Nepal, Manjushree, the bodhisattva of wisdom, didn’t cut his hair until he had finished building the Swayambhunath temple hill.
    I am tour guide in Nepal and take tourist to Swoyambhunath Stupa (also popularly known as monkey temple among tourists) for sightseeing. Have never heard about Manjushree’s such vow. Real travelers dig beneath and discover such ! Happy to read this blog.
    wish you peace !

  15. Sudeep 21 oktober 2012 0938 #

    really a great post and photo just awesome

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