Decoding Hanuman

As a young kid watching mythological films and serials one thing that used to disturb me the most was the portrayal of Hanuman in Ramayan.  I couldn’t understand what I thought was the servile attitude of the supposedly most powerful monkey man. This really powerful monkey man was shown singing praises and uttering the name of his most beloved Shri Ram. Though he was the one with the strength and the power, he was constantly bowing down to the wishes of what seemed to me a docile man with unrealistic expectations.  In those films and serials Hanuman seemed almost like a character for comic relief given his bearing and demeanor. This used to create great dissonance in me, something just didn’t feel quite right about it. As a boisterous young woman I continued to question hierarchy, rituals and traditions. Despite being told innumerable times that this is so because this is how it is supposed to be, I was never satisfied till I investigated every aspect of what was being told. Thank God for that, had it not been the case, I may have also thought of God as only someone to be revered out of fear. As I got more and more involved in the decoding of the religious symbolism and mythological tales, I realized what powerful a lesson was delivered by the Ancients in the amazing stories...

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