Man Do, Monkey Don't

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Apr 14, 2011

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Guest House of the Lingiat Tradition

Flag of India  , Karnātaka,
Friday, October 29, 2010

An extensive fort with a rich history.  It seems that it consisted of several K of walls, concentric to make it difficult for the enemy to take the fort.  In its heyday, some thousands lived inside.  They were the higher class people and artisans along with the rulers (King and Queen?)  Sometimes it is confusing as I have little knowledge of the rich history of India and its many wars and invasions.  I was moved by two events: the sudden appearance of hundreds of young women dressed in their school uniforms on a field trip.  They greeted me in English (most educated Indians are tri-lingual - Hindi the official language of the Government; English, and Kanada--yes that's right---Canada spelled with a K).  They were curious as to where I was from and what I did.  "Mr. D", I replied.  A former teacher.  They lit up.  At least that is the way I saw it.  The send event was a young man-monkey who thrilled us with his "Cirque du Soleil" feat: climbing and descending the 50-60 foot wall with ease,  and without insurance - not even a safety rope.  At times he clung to the wall like spiderman with his rosin dusted and taped finger tips.  For emphasis I have included one of the inhabitants of the site: a monkey who was getting bold when he spotted an orange in the hand of one of us.  The woman threw the orange and he promptly fetched it and calmly ate it as was his custom, no doubt.   

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sacolargo on

did you notice any Islamic presence? great photos - seems like carrying an orange is wise, keep the monkeys off your back

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