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The Vanara is one of a race of creatures with origins in Hindu mythology, legend and folklore. They are most famous for their appearance within the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Specifically, they were sired by the gods, under the god Brahma's orders.
Their given species name is derived from three possible etymologies: either "vana" ("forest") + "nara(man)" ("belonging to"), meaning "forest-dwelling"; "vana" + "nara" ("man"), meaning "forest man"; or "vav" + "nara", meaning either "is it a man?" or "perhaps it is a man". And the name "Vanara" itself has even been adopted for another word for "monkey".
The Vanara looks like a humanoid monkey.