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Mt. Popa is renowned for its infestation of monkeys (so much a problem that we nicknamed it Mt. Poopa), but they are at times dignified little creatures. This one managed it for all of forty seconds.

As a sidenote, I should mention that monkeys and dogs – both of which the temple has in abundance – are the two major reservoirs for Strongyloides stercoralis, a particularly nasty parasite. Humans are infected by skin contact with infected feces, such as from walking barefoot. Incidentally, shoes are prohibited in all Buddhist temples, monkey poop or not. I would recommend being screened when you get back to the US or Europe.

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