I was watching the fabulous documentary The Human Planet and it was sad to see a local trader in the city of Jodhpur in India being robbed on a daily basis by a gang of monkeys. The lady relies on her cart of food produce to bring in income and yet she can only chase them away as she has been conditioned like many others in her area to believe that monkeys are sacred to the deity Hanuman. If they strike hard she is often left with no choice but to go home empty handed which in a tough place like Jodhpur just makes life that much harder to live.
Hanuman is an incarnation of the divine and a disciple of Lord Sri Rama in the struggle against the demon king Ravana. This is a mythical tale which people are being brought up to believe is true and it is sad to see this woman pay for that with irrational beliefs ruling her life.