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Best of all it is a user friendly site to shop in Europe, the world's largest three monkey marketplace.
Ancient urban civilizations have come and gone and unfortunately there are few monkey artifacts available in museums. Iida has assembled drawings and photos of the monkeys from civilizations that flourished before the Christian era: in central Africa the Ashanti in Ghana, 3,000 BCE, Benin, and Togo; Ancient Egypt in the north and el Amarna,1350 BCE; the island of Cyprus dating back 9,000 BCE; Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilizations; the Indus Valley and of course China and India and the Indo China peninsula that lies between them.
The group now holds conferences where we socialize, hear interesting speakers, trade sets and conduct our own silent auctions. You can see hundreds of pictures and learn in great detail about collectors and collecting.
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Confucius (551-479 BCE) in about 500 BC wrote the Chinese Book of Rites or Li Chi.
"Li" means regulation of conduct, custom and law, and "chi" means book. He said the 300 verses can be summed up in a single phrase, "Don't think in an evil way" (II.2).
Confucius advises "look not at what is contrary to Li, listen not to what contrary to Li, speak not what is contrary to Li" (one can read in the Analects of Confucius XII.1). Link to the Analects: Lao Tse (604-531 BCE) a Chinese philosopher, founded Taoism.
Confucius edited the Book of Poems (dating from 1,000 B. A Taoist folk tradition, known as the Koshin belief or practice, was introduced to Japan from China by Tendai Buddhists monks in the late 10 century.Monkeys have been held sacred and/or in high esteem for centuries: the Hanuman Languor in India, the Rhesus Macaque in China and the Japanese Macaque (Snow Monkey) in Japan.Monkey folklore existed centuries before Taoism, Buddhism or Confucianism.Koshin worship spread in Japan during the 10th and 11th centuries and flourished until 1868.Late in the Muromachi period 1338-1573 it became customary for the three monkeys to appear on stone pillars in Japan We collectors are the most familiar with the Toshogu Shrine, built in the early 17th century, in Nikko, Japan."Audi, vide, tace, si vis vivere in pace." We initially met on e Bay, aggressively bidding against each other, trying to acquire sets of "see no, hear no and speak no evil" monkeys.