For as long as humans have been on earth, we have respected, deified, and worshipped animals. We celebrate their sacred powers and meaning, in rituals and festivities that continue to this day. Travel with us around the globe as we explore and explain our spiritual connection with rats and monkeys. To the Ancient Romans, for example, rats were a source of wealth and dormice were eaten as a snack food. In Japan, monkeys were recognized as ambassadors to the gods.