As science discovers just how closely associated we are to the ape, it is hardly surprising that over the centuries this creature has had projected upon it aspects of our own character that we find difficult to handle. The ape in dreams, therefore, can suggest the Trickster, the mischievous side of wrongdoing, and irresponsibility. However, in Hindu belief the character of Hanuman the Monkey God teaches us of the unlimited power that lies unused within each one of us. One of the qualities of the ape is its ability to mimic, to copy and to learn by experience. To dream of apes may alert us to this ability, or for the need for us to learn by example. Traditionally, to dream of apes or monkeys links with the mischievous side of ourselves. However, as perception changes, the symbolism is more of natural intelligence. Also consult the entry for Monkey in Animals for further information.