Hanuman is by for the most important monkey. Therefore, his
mask will be described in detail. Hanuman's mask has many features which indicate he
is a monkey with very special powers. In the Ramakien, Hanuman is Rama's most trusted
general. In fact, some scholars say Hanuman is at times more important than Rama (Bowie
1960, p. 212 and Desai 1969, p.127). Hanuman's white mask is highlighted in green and
pink. He wears only a coronet so red and gold markings are evident on the top of his head.
Hanuman's gaping mouth displays his canine teeth which are usually just features of the
demons. His gaping mouth also makes visible the jewel in the roof of his mouth. The jewel
is a symbol of his special powers. Hanuman is the son of the God of Wind and can thus fly
through the air. Also, when Hanuman yawns, he exhales suns, moons, and stars. This is the
magical power by which people recognize Hanuman, The jewel is sometimes referred to as a
"glass canine" thus, Hanuman has five canines.