Today I’m featuring a picture of a very cute monkey from Uluwatu Temple in Bali. Taken by Natasha Alden from The World Pursuit Blog.
Natasha used to work in the advertising world in NYC. Soon she decided that life could not be lived behind a desk.
Now she gallivants the world full time with her boyfriend. She has been exploring the world for over 5 years and 40 countries now.
Photo Story: Uluwatu Monkey Temple
I was 21 and it was my very first time travelling to Asia.
From the recent media and movies that I had previously seen, I was a little nervous about getting abducted. Or having someone sneak drugs into my bags (thank you Hollywood).
Little did I know that travelling to the picturesque island of Bali would be truly magical.
My friend and I had little expectations when we went to see the Balinese Uluwatu Temple.
A very helpful local man, who clearly had a passion and deep love for his country, took us there. We roamed the premises overlooking the sea, and then I saw them – the monkeys.
Now, I have always been slightly terrified of our ancestors.
Sure, they are small and look cute, but I know that they can go from playful primates to flashing their menacing teeth in a matter of seconds.
At Uluwatu Temple, they are everywhere! Hundreds upon hundreds of monkeys.
Of all shapes and sizes scour the premises in hopes that the tourists will give them food. Or small trinkets to play with.
Although my terror had set in I knew that I could not miss the chance to get some photos while I was up close and personal with them.
I captured this little guy (whom I named Rafiki) eating a snack.
Now monkeys are surely no stupid animal, and just as I was about to take a photo, Rafiki looked up and held his gaze long enough to ensure I get a perfect shot of him.
I was so happy with the candidness of this photo that I decided I had to get more animal photos and ended up with about 200 monkey photos by the end of the night!
So the moral of the story is to trust monkeys…sometimes, especially ones at the Uluwatu temple are not that bad!
Here is a great post about Uluwatu Temple, how to get there, opening hours and general tips about visiting.
Uluwatu Temple is a Balinese Hindu sea temple (Pura Segara) located in Uluwatu.
The temple is regarded as one of the sad kahyangan and is dedicated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasain his manifestation as Rudra.
The temple (pura in Balinese) is built at the edge of a 70 meter high cliff or rock projecting into the sea.
The temple is inhabited by monkeys, who are notorious for snatching visitors’ belongings.
They can usually be persuaded into trading the items for fruit, although this only encourages them to steal more.
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