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The Later Journey to the West: Part 1 Ė Sun Luzhenís Early Adventures

Posted July 27th, 2017 at 01:50 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated July 31st, 2017 at 03:06 PM by ghostexorcist

The Later Journey to the West: Part 1 Ė Sun Luzhenís Early Adventures

By Jim R. McClanahan

The great Chinese classic Journey to the West (Xiyouji, 西遊記) spawned numerous unofficial sequels years after its publishing in 1592. One such sequel, titled Later Journey to the West (Hou Xiyouji, 後西遊記) by an anonymous author of the 17th-century, is set two hundred years after the original and follows the adventures of Sun Wukongís spiritual descendant Sun Luzhen (孫履真)....
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Frankenstein Book Review

Posted May 28th, 2017 at 11:45 AM by ghostexorcist
Updated May 28th, 2017 at 08:52 PM by ghostexorcist

Frankenstein Book Review

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By Jim R. McClanahan

I just finished reading Frankenstein (1818) for the first time. The novel was nothing like I expected. The movies Iíve seen took great liberties with the actual storyline, and having read the novel, I can see why they did it. The book is for the most part boring fluff. Itís almost like Mary Shelley, the author, was running short on length and decided to beef the narrative up with overly long descriptions...
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The Archaeological Origins of Man's Dominion Over Animals

Posted May 16th, 2017 at 03:51 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated June 3rd, 2017 at 01:57 PM by ghostexorcist

The Archaeological Origins of Man's Dominion Over Animals

By Jim R. McClanahan

Genesis 1:26 states:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
This passage has long been cited or paraphrased by people claiming man is superior to animals. However,...
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Interesting Facts About Journey to the West

Posted May 15th, 2017 at 03:46 PM by ghostexorcist
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Interesting Facts About Journey to the West

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By Jim R. McClanahan

This blog will serve as a repository of facts I find interesting about the famous Chinese Classic Journey to the West (1592) (JTTW, hereafter). It is based on a series of posts I've made on a Facebook group page dedicated to the novel's main character, the immortal monkey demon-turned-Buddhist guardian Sun Wukong. The point of the original posts was to enlighten people who have...
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The Literary Precursor of Journey to the West

Posted October 17th, 2016 at 09:27 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated February 25th, 2017 at 06:27 PM by ghostexorcist

The Literary Precursor of Journey to the West

By Jim R. McClanahan

The great Chinese classic Journey to the West (西遊記, Xiyouji) was anonymously published in the year 1592 and has since then enjoyed the adoration of readers for the last four centuries. However, not many people know that an earlier version of the novel exists that predates the popular narrative by some three hundred years. Titled Master of the Law, Tripitaka of the Great Tang, Procures the Scriptures (大唐三藏取经诗话,...
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