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Interesting Facts About Journey to the West - Part II

Posted October 1st, 2017 at 06:14 AM by ghostexorcist
Updated November 12th, 2017 at 06:08 AM by ghostexorcist

Interesting Facts About Journey to the West - Part II

10-1-17

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 to the novel's main character, the immortal monkey demon-turned-Buddhist guardian Sun Wukong. The point of the original...
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My Favorite Sun Wukong Moments from Journey to the West

Posted September 1st, 2017 at 07:10 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated October 16th, 2017 at 08:40 AM by ghostexorcist

My Favorite Sun Wukong Moments from Journey to the West

By Jim R. McClanahan

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 itís his battle with the rhinoceros demon or his own doppelganger? The three moments I have in mind have less to do with grand adventures or shows of...
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The Later Journey to the West: Part 1 Ė Sun Luzhenís Early Adventures

Posted July 27th, 2017 at 02:50 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated September 4th, 2017 at 09:02 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 12:45 PM by ghostexorcist
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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 04:51 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated June 3rd, 2017 at 02:57 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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