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"Glory to Hanuman."

Hanuman is a gorilla god worshiped by the Jabari.


In the Jabari folklore, Hanuman donated to his followers a sacred type of tree that provided them with an exceptionally strong wood, which they used to build their weapons and their own city on the mountains. After separating themselves from the main Wakandan civilization, the Jabari continue to worship Hanuman instead of the panther god Bast, and Masks and statue of Hanuman were constructed everywhere in Jabari territory.

Before the ritual combat against Prince T'Challa, M'Baku wore a gorilla mask and praised the superiority of his god over Bast.[1]


  • In the comics, Ghekre the Ape God is the central figure of the White Gorilla Cult, a religion banished from the Wakandan society but still practiced among the Jabari and led by M'Baku. Historically, Ghekre is a Baoulé deity worshipped in West Africa.
  • Historically, Hanuman is a Hindu god, depicted as a humanoid ape.

Behind the Scenes

  • All references to Hanuman were censored from screenings of Black Panther in the Republic of India.[2]


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