In England, it is said that if a bird poops on your head, it’s going to bring you some good luck. But, what if it’s a huge monkey who see’s you from high up in a tree and defecates on your head? Is that also lucky? My initial feeling is that it’s a case of extreme bad luck to have poo fall on you from the sky.
It took me several seconds to realise what had just happened, at first I thought someone had thrown a rock at me! After inspecting a piece which had falling onto my hand (which was outstretched as I was holding Alfonso’s lead), I looked up and saw a big monkey bottom. More pieces of poop started to fall, so I ran away, covered in the warm, smelly monkey poop.
Anyone who has been pooped on by a bird is usually told immediately that the smelly situation is very lucky. If the pooed upon then protests, ‘but, how is getting covered in bird poop going to bring me good fortune?’, a common response to this obvious question is ‘well, you’re lucky that horses can’t fly!’.
Well, monkeys too can’t fly (well, Lord Hanuman could in the Ramayana), but they do climb trees. Trees which I casually walk under with no idea of the risks. Hinduism has so many auspicious signs and symbols (swastik, rangoli, holy basil etc.), I wonder if this is one of them.
Do we just tell people who are pooped on that it’s really lucky just to try and add a little silver lining to a disgusting situation? Should I be buying a lottery ticket today? Have you been pooped on and then have something lucky happen?