Dignity, thy name is Dancing Monkey

Just look at this noble fellow that madamejujujive at the everlasting blort has found:

He’s one of several macaques photographed by Hiroshi Watanabe for his Suo Sarumawashi series. According to the original post over at My Modern Metropolis, macaques in ancient Japan:

used to don outfits and perform religious ritual dances to keep the country’s warrior horses safe. Over the thousand-year history of the ancient art, the performance has evolved into a traveling act for entertainment purposes, escaping extinction. The practice, known as Sarumawashi, is literally translated as “monkey dancing” and is one of the most popular traditional Asian performing arts these days, along with Kabuki and Noh.

And now I know what I want for Christmas – a dancing macaque to keep me safe. Is it too late to write to Santa?


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