Hanuman is a character in the Hindu Epic the Ramayana & one of the five Hindu deities with the most devotees.
So, how did an Irish-Polish Catholic come to love Hanuman?
That’s an excellent question.
In my senior year of high school I was fully entrenched in the IB programme. I wrote my extended essay on Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. The sister in that story is constantly referred to as being monkey like and she exemplifies the qualities of Hanuman himself. Thus, a “long” essay and an intellectual curiosity was born.
Why do you like Hanuman so much?
Hanuman, depending of the version of the Ramayana you read, is an extremely intelligent and physically strong being. Yet, he remains wholly humble throughout the text.
Secondly, Hanuman’s main facet or lesson is that of devotion. All of his strength, intelligence, and humour arise out of his devotion for Rama. His goal is to help Rama defeat Ravana and he does this with 100% commitment.
I connect with Hanuman because he taught me to be humble in spite of my talents. He also taught me that my personal talents are quite useless unless I devote them to something.