The Story of Sun Wukong, the Monkey King
By Jim R. McClanahan
One of the most famous primate characters in the world appears in the Chinese classic Xiyouji
(西游记, Journey to the West
, 1592 CE). The story follows the adventures of an immortal monkey demon-turned-Buddhist monk named Sun Wukong (孙悟空). He is the quintessential trickster-god who disrupts the status quo of the heavenly hierarchy. He can do this with little fear of the powers that...