Thailand has long assimilated Hindu traditions and lore from its pre-Buddhist era.
It is a feast fit for a monkey king. On Sunday, the central Thai town of Lopburi put on a five-star banquet for its hundreds of macaque inhabitants, sparking a mass simian food fight.
Lopburi has been laying on an annual feast — part merit-making tradition and part unabashed tourist attraction — for its monkeys since the late 1980s.
This year’s feast featured a smorgasbord of fruit that was quickly demolished by the hungry guests who squawked and tussled as they gulped down their feast, much to the delight of a horde of distantly related human onlookers armed with cameras.