Monkeys / Apes
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Monkeys and Apes refer to several taxonomic ranks of primates, terrestrial mammals some of which (great apes) are considered the closest biological relatives of humans. Online, apes, usually erroneously referred to as monkeys, are often referenced in memes, sometimes in the contexts of atheism and anarcho-primitivism, serving as a symbolic representation of the lost simplicity of the archaic ways of life.
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Return to Monke
Return to Monke encompasses a series of memes closely associated with anarcho-primitivism that romanticize simplistic archaic lifestyle, with apes (often referred to as monkeys or monkes) serving as a symbolic representation of that lifestyle. The meme often features intentionally simplified language and is closely associated with similar traditionalist memes such as Reject Modernity, Return to Tradition and Consume Product.
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