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Sun Wukong’s Greatest Feat of Strength

Posted August 6th, 2018 at 06:52 AM by ghostexorcist

Sun Wukong’s Greatest Feat of Strength: An Allegory for Cultural or Religious Conflict?

by Jim R. McClanahan

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Now that I’ve written an entry debunking the idea that Sun Wukong’s staff anchored the Milky Way, I now want to write a piece about his greatest feat of strength in Journey to the West. This feat takes place in chapter 33 after Zhu Bajie has...
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10 Facts About Sun Wukong the Monkey King

Posted July 14th, 2018 at 06:45 PM by ghostexorcist


I recently created a youtube video detailing ten lesser-known facts about the Monkey King. Below I link to the video and present the script.


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Stone Monkey, Handsome Monkey King, Keeper of the Heavenly horses, Great Sage...
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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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