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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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Frankenstein Book Review

Posted May 28th, 2017 at 12:45 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated May 28th, 2017 at 09:52 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 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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Interesting Facts About Journey to the West

Posted May 15th, 2017 at 04:46 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated November 12th, 2017 at 06:09 AM by ghostexorcist

Interesting Facts About Journey to the West

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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 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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Interesting Facts About the Tyrannosaurs

Posted July 2nd, 2016 at 07:34 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated July 3rd, 2016 at 06:49 AM by ghostexorcist

Interesting Facts About the Tyrannosaurs

By Jim R. McClanahan

I normally read about East Asia studies or primate behavior and evolution. However, it's fun to branch out every once in a while. I recently purchased a fascinating book by David Hone titled The Tyrannosaur Chronicles: The Biology of the Tyrant Dinosaurs (2016). Below are some facts that I've culled from the first nine chapters (or 36% of the book according to kindle). I'll continue to post updates as I go...
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