18 Oct '17, 3am

DPM Tharman pays homage to S’pore’s diverse culture this Deepavali https://t.co/9I2WG538XH

Deputy prime minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam ushered in 2017’s Deepavali with a Facebook message that once again eschewed the usual tried-and-tested pedestrian greetings favoured by other seasoned politicians. Advertisement In an IQ-raising post , he explains the significance of Hanuman, the popular half-monkey, half human in the ancient Ramayana epic, which is a testament to the spread and influence of culture over time. Origins Tharman wrote that Hanuman could very well be the inspiration for Sun Wukong, the monkey hero in the 16th century Chinese epic Journey to the West . Both Hanuman and Sun Wukong share similar characteristics in the stories told about them, such as how they can transform themselves into completely different beings. Hanuman is believed to have found his way all over Asia via merchants who travelled widely and through the spread of Hinduism in Southea...

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