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The Origin of Monkey's Punishment in Laozi's Furnace

Posted March 31st, 2018 at 10:32 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated March 31st, 2018 at 10:36 PM by ghostexorcist

The Origin of Monkey's Punishment in Laozi's Furnace

By Jim R. McClanahan

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The beginning of chapter seven sees Sun Wukong transported to the realm above to be executed for his rebellion against the primacy of heaven. However, his immortal body proves impervious to blades, fire, and lightning. Laozi theorizes Monkey's extreme invulnerability is the result...
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The Origins and Evolution of Sha Wujing

Posted March 25th, 2018 at 05:48 AM by ghostexorcist
Updated March 28th, 2018 at 03:25 PM by ghostexorcist


Did you know Sha Wujing can be traced to an obscure Chinese desert spirit who was venerated as a minor Buddhist protector deity in Japan? This god is first mentioned in a 7th-century account of the historical Xuanzang, a.k.a. Tripitaka, titled Da Tang Daciensi Sanzang Fashi Zhuan (大唐大慈恩寺三藏法師傳,...
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Zhu Bajie: Patron Deity of Prostitutes

Posted March 21st, 2018 at 12:57 AM by ghostexorcist
Updated April 1st, 2018 at 05:38 AM by ghostexorcist


The Xiahai City God Temple (霞海城隍廟) in the Dadaocheng district of (old) Taipei, Taiwan contains a Zhu Bajie shrine statue (fig. 1) to which prostitutes and other members of the hospitality industry pay reverence. Taiwan Today writes:

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The Greco-Chinese Origins of Inuyasha’s Fire Rat Robe

Posted March 10th, 2018 at 10:19 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated April 27th, 2018 at 04:35 AM by ghostexorcist

The Greco-Chinese Origins of Inuyasha’s Fire Rat Robe

By Jim R. McClanahan

The manga-anime Inuyasha (犬夜叉, Dog Yaksha) follows the exploits of the titular character, a half-human-half-dog demon, in his quest to collect the shards of a magic jewel that will enable him to become a full-fledged demon. His father, Inu no Taishō (犬の大将, Dog General), a powerful demon lord and cardinal protector of Japan’s western regions, bequeathed to him two pieces...
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The Yogi Cat of Mamallapuram

Posted December 27th, 2017 at 05:23 AM by ghostexorcist
Updated December 27th, 2017 at 03:33 PM by ghostexorcist

The Yogi Cat of Mamallapuram

By Jim R. McClanahan

I love cats and so does most of the internet. They are the perfect mix of cuteness and ferocity, chubbiness and athleticism, laziness and boundless, fiery energy. Archaeological evidence suggests our feline overlords first self-domesticated themselves as far back as 10,000 years ago in Turkey. They are believed to have entered into a symbiotic relationship with farmers by hunting mice that endangered crops. DNA evidence...
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