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Hylobates Hoolock, the white-browed gibbon

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The white-browed gibbon or hoolock is the only ape on the Indian subcontinent; all the other South Asian primates are monkeys, mainly macaques. Mongooses shelter in existing cavities or dig a hole by themselves. The extremely limited Indian distribution makes the gibbon an unlikely candidate for sculptures, added to the fact that this primate plays no role neither in religion nor in folklore. Exceptions may be provided by a stele from Bihar (tenth century) and possibly also by a frieze from Orissa (eleventh century). Theoretically, these reliefs may indicate that the gibbon had a somewhat larger distribution in the past than today, including northernmost Orissa and easternmost Bihar.

Keywords: folklore; Indian subcontinent; religion; stone sculptures; white-browed gibbon or hoolock



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