The three wise monkeys, which embodies the proverbial principle of "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." There are a few different explanations for the meaning. In the Buddhist tradition, the teachings of the proverb are about not dwelling on evil thoughts. The proverb and image are often used to refer to a lack of moral responsibility on the part of man to acknowledge impropriety, refuse, look the other way, or feign ignorance. Thus, also a call Say No Evil (not to be evil or mean).
The wise monkeys are:
- Mizaru: who sees no evil, covers his eyes
- Kikazaru: who hears no evil, covers his ears
- Iwazaru : who speaks no evil, covers his mouth