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The Divinity of Monkeys

Mark Tully returns to the theme of animals, discussing the symbolism of the monkey and the phenomenon of idol worship.

Mark Tully returns to the theme of animals, following recent programmes devoted to dogs, cats, horses and elephants and their close bonds with humans.

This week, Mark considers the monkey - and animal that has been widely worshipped in Africa, the Americas, China and India - either as a companion of God or indeed as a god itself. He examines the belief in the divinity of monkeys and the varying attitudes towards idol worship in the major faiths.

There is music from Ella Andall, Dr. John and Amitab Bachchan, along with poetry from Susan Wicks and Oz Hardwick. The readers are Adjoa Andoh and Arsher Ali.

Producer: Frank Stirling
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 1 Mar 2015 23:30


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