Your Monkee Heritage; Children of the Monkee and the Ogress

Your Monkee Heritage; Children of the Monkee and the Ogress

The Tibetans have a creation myth that is closer to science and the truth than any other. In Tibetan mythology the human race began when a lowly Monkee was bestowed magical powers by the Buddhist deity Avalokiteshvara (The Buddha of Compassion). The Monkee wished to become an upasana of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, so she sent him to “The Land of Snow” which would later become Tibet. The legend goes that as the Monkee sat on a mountain top and while he meditated there on compassion and rejoices in the Void, a demoness passed by. The Ogress was so taken by the Monkees beauty that she took the form of a woman, and begged the Monkee to marry her. Haven taken a vow of chastity the Monkee refused, angered the Ogress threatened to die on the spot, so the Monkee allowed her to sleep beside him.  But in the morning she continued to implore him to marry her, and threatened that if he didn’t, she would unite with a demon, and kill an innumerable amount of living beings, and then give birth to a race of demons that would devour all of the creatures who lived in the Land of Snow.  She said;

Alas! Great Monkee King!
Think of me a little and hear my plea.
By the power of my karma, I was born among the race of ogres.
As my lust grows, I have become enamored of you.
Driven by my desire, I have come to make this request.
If you will not marry me
I will take a rock-ogre husband.
Every day we will slay ten thousand living beings,
And every night we will devour a thousand creatures.
I will bear countless ogre-children
and this snowy realm will be filled with ogre-cities.
Every living creature will become an ogre’s prey.
By comparison, is it not better to think of me
and show your compassion?

The Monkee thought to himself, “It would contravene my vows to marry this ogress, but if I do not, it will prove to be an even greater misdeed!” The Monkee torn between compassion and his vow of chastity, transported himself at lightning speed to the top of Mount Potala, and presented his dilemma to Avalokiteshvara.  Avalokiteshvara ordered him to marry the Ogress, and from the heavens the goddesses Bhrkutī and Tārā gave their consent, while Avalokiteshvara promised that in the future the doctrine of the Buddha will be preached in the Land of Snows.

The Monkee and the Ogress, united as husband and wife, and bore six Monkee children, one reborn from each of the six states of transmigration (gods, titans, men, animals, tormented spirits, and beings who live in the hells). The Monkee-child reborn from among the denizens of the hell realms had a stern countenance but could withstand great hardships. The child from the “Realm of the Hungry Ghosts” had loathsome features and an insatiable appetite. The one reborn from the animal realm was stupid and vulgar. The Monkee-child from the hue-man realm was endowed with increasing wisdom and sensitivity. The one from the realm of the demigods was aggressive and jealous, and the Monkee-child from the realm of the gods was patient and virtuous. In the “Book of the Words of the Ministers” another version appears. In this version only one child was born – a son. He stood upright and had “a red, flat face”, and no tail. “He ate red meat and drank warm blood”. Another version of this myth found in the Mani bka-‘bum states that the six children “because they had a Monkee for a father, their bodies were covered with fur, and their faces were red”. Because they had a demoness/ogress of the cliffs for a mother, “they were without tails and craved raw meat and blood.”

The story continues that the Monkee then led his six children to the “Forest of Assembled Birds”, which had an abundant amount of fruit, and they dwelled there for three years. At the end of that time, the Monkee returned and saw that his children had increased to five hundred, and they had devoured all the fruit and had nothing to eat, they cried, “Father, what can we eat?” The Monkee then thought to himself, “This cannot be the result of my own defilements. These Monkee-children have become so numerous because I followed the instructions of the Sublime One”.  He went to Mt. Potala and asked Avalokiteshvara with these words:

Alas! Not realizing that married life was a prison;
Not knowing that I had been deceived by a she-devil;
I am mired in the Samsaric mud of offspring.
Not recognizing that sensual desires are poisonous leaves,
My compassion turned to lust, and I was deceived.
Bound by carnal urges, I am oppressed by a mountain of suffering.
Having swallowed the poison of defilements
I am afflicted by the epidemic of adverse karma.
Accumulated woes torment me:
Alack! Alas! Compassionate Protector of Loving-Kindness,
How can I succor my children?
I am in this predicament at the Sublime One’s behest.
We now resemble a city of hungry ghosts;
In the next life we will no doubt be reborn in the hell realms!
I therefore beseech you to protect us with your compassion
.

Avalokiteshvara replied, “I shall protect your progeny”, then climbs Mount Meru at the center of the earth, extracts the five kinds of grain from its interior (barley, wheat, peas, buckwheat and rice), and cast them upon the earth. The place where they fell then became filled with crops that required no cultivation. The Monkee led his children to the crops and showed them the food. Tradition holds that the Monkee then said “Zotang – Eat!”, and the place became known as Zotang Gongpori. Once they had satisfied themselves upon these crops, the Monkee-children’s hair and tails grew shorter, they learned to speak and they became the hue-mans they are today. They ate the crops that required no cultivation and began to wear garments fashioned from leaves. Thus the inhabitants of this snowy land of Tibet, being the descendants of a Monkee-father and rock-ogress mother, form two lineages. The Monkee’s lineage, are said to be those who are patient, faithful, compassionate, and diligent, those who delight in virtue and those who are eloquent. As for the mother’s lineage, they are said to be those who are lusty, angry, mercenary, profit-seeking, greedy, competitive, garrulous, strong, courageous, active, restless, scatterbrained, and those whose minds suffer from an “excess of the five poisons” of greed, hatred, ignorance, jealousy and pride, those who enjoy hearing about the faults of others and those who are tempestuous. The children of the Monkee and the Ogress are believed to have given rise to the Tibetan people as the number of children increased, the people evolved into six families  known as Se, Mu, Dong, Tong, Wra and Dru. They became the six clans of the Tibetan people

The links between this particular creation myth and the modern theory of evolution, this sounds a lot like an early theory of evolution to us, and closely mirrors the Armada belief that hue-mans came from the raping of Monkees by aliens. If you were an early man perhaps this is how you too would describe the birth of the human race. Avolokitshvara sounds much like an alien overlord, and this mountain at the center of the earth was more than likely their marooned ship were they brought the seeds for the “crops that needed no cultivation”. Our favorite line however is  “Alas! Not realizing that married life was a prison”. We’re just saying…

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3 thoughts on “Your Monkee Heritage; Children of the Monkee and the Ogress

  1. I don’t know If I said it already but …This blog rocks! I gotta say, that I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

  2. Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!…..I”ll be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work! 🙂 🙂

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