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The Yogi Cat of Mamallapuram

Posted December 27th, 2017 at 06:23 AM by ghostexorcist
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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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The Purpose and Possible Origin of Sun Wukong’s Golden Fillet

Posted December 15th, 2017 at 07:27 PM by ghostexorcist
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The Purpose and Possible Origin of Sun Wukong’s Golden Fillet

By Jim R. McClanahan

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The golden fillet (金箍圈, jingu quan) is one of the Monkey King’s most recognizable iconographic elements appearing in visual media based on the great Chinese classic Journey to the West (1592). It is generally portrayed as a ringlet of gold with blunt ends that meet in...
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Interesting Facts About Journey to the West - Part II

Posted October 1st, 2017 at 06:14 AM by ghostexorcist
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Interesting Facts About Journey to the West - Part II

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By Jim R. McClanahan

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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...
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My Favorite Sun Wukong Moments from Journey to the West

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 07:10 PM by ghostexorcist
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My Favorite Sun Wukong Moments from Journey to the West

By Jim R. McClanahan

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What are your favorite Sun Wukong moments from the great Chinese classic Journey to the West (1592)? Is it his birth from stone and quest for immortality, or his attainment of the golden-hooped iron staff and rebellion against heaven? Perhaps it’s his battle with the rhinoceros...
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The Later Journey to the West: Part 1 – Sun Luzhen’s Early Adventures

Posted July 27th, 2017 at 02:50 PM by ghostexorcist
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The Later Journey to the West: Part 1 – Sun Luzhen’s Early Adventures

By Jim R. McClanahan

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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...
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