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The Yogi Cat of Mamallapuram

Posted December 27th, 2017 at 06:23 AM by ghostexorcist
Updated December 27th, 2017 at 04:33 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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Interesting Facts About Journey to the West - Part II

Posted October 1st, 2017 at 06:14 AM by ghostexorcist
Updated November 25th, 2017 at 08:05 PM 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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The Later Journey to the West: Part 1 – Sun Luzhen’s 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 – Sun Luzhen’s 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 Wukong’s spiritual descendant Sun Luzhen (孫履真)....
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Interesting Facts About Journey to the West

Posted May 15th, 2017 at 04:46 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated December 30th, 2017 at 10:01 PM by ghostexorcist

Interesting Facts About Journey to the West

05-15-17

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 posts...
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The Literary Precursor of Journey to the West

Posted October 17th, 2016 at 10:27 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated December 5th, 2017 at 05:40 AM 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 (大唐三藏取經詩話,...
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