Dec 30, 2004


Was reading Kishore's Changi Sree Ramar Temple - Donate Bricks - $11 each post.

The squirrel story has fascinated me ever since I saw the first squirrel sans stripes in the U.S. Further research on many US squirrel species, got me browsing pictures after pictures of uninteresting, bare backed squirrels. The striped squirrels, turns out are mostly from South India or Ceylon. So the fascination remains - Is this story part of the Valmiki Ramayana? If not when was it added? Was it simply a coincidental addition of an imaginative yet observant storyteller? More importantly how could he have known the existence of a different type of squirrel?

December 30, 2004