Monkey’s Wedding

As to why these phrases are so common across so many disparate cultures around the world, I think there are several factors. Sentient animals are, of course, common in folklore, and thus, along with gods, devils and the like, have often figured in folk explanations of natural phenomena. But even in cultures where folklore persists only as a cultural memory, beliefs once taken seriously are often offered as jocular answers to inquisitive children. I remember my mother telling me, when I was very young, that thunder is the sound of giants bowling in the sky. She wasn’t serious, of course, and even then I didn’t really believe her, but in telling me that she helped preserve a charming fable. It would have been cooler, however, if she’d said it was giant monkeys bowling.

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2 comments on this post.
  1. Topi:

    I’ve heard, and use, in finnish as “ketut kylpee”, that’s foxes are bathing.

  2. Linda:

    Can someone please enlighten me as to where the expression “monkey’s wedding” came from. I know, from what I was taught it represented “rain and sunshine”. However, I would dearly like to know where this originated from! If there is anyone out there who is able to shed light on this subject please let me know.
    Regards
    Linda

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