In Europe the monkey is usually a symbol of sin, trickery, deceit, desire for luxury, nastiness or laziness. For Christians monkey has become a symbol of sin, lust, vanity, desire for material goods and luxuries, moral decline and even an accomplice of the devil. In the Gothic era a monkey with an apple in its mouth symbolized the fall of the human and in its turn the monkey in chains signified victory over sin. But the Chinese see the monkey as a sharp minded, with a good memory and sense of humor creature. So this symbol is rather controversial. Perhaps, that is the reason why monkey tattoos are so popular now.

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