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Hanuman knocking heads of Ravana's palace guards on mural at Emerald Buddha Temple

Hanuman continues his fight, here knocking together the heads of two of the palace guards. (Photograph by Margery H. Freeman. More about the photograph)

This detail of a mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple, where Hanuman descends lithely down poles beside a circular well to seize the guards, shows how the powerful and clever monkey god can single-handedly defeat the hapless demons who defend Ravana’s palace. These guards, fighting with machetes, all appear in human form although their skin varies in color from light tan to dark grey.