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Interesting Facts About Journey to the West - Part II

Posted October 1st, 2017 at 05:14 AM by ghostexorcist
Updated October 12th, 2017 at 04:55 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 06:10 PM by ghostexorcist
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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 it’s 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 – Sun Luzhen’s Early Adventures

Posted July 27th, 2017 at 01:50 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated September 4th, 2017 at 08:02 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 03:46 PM by ghostexorcist
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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 09:27 PM by ghostexorcist
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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 (大唐三藏取经诗话,...
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