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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.


Opening:

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 Purpose and Possible Origin of Sun Wukong’s Golden Fillet

Posted December 15th, 2017 at 06:27 PM by ghostexorcist
Updated May 22nd, 2018 at 07:24 PM by ghostexorcist

The Purpose and Possible Origin of Sun Wukong’s Golden Fillet

By Jim R. McClanahan

Last updated: 12-23-17

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The golden fillet (金箍圈, jingu quan) is one of the Monkey King’s most recognizable iconographic elements appearing in visual media based on the great Chinese classic Journey to the West (1592). It is generally portrayed as a ringlet...
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Interesting Facts About Journey to the West - Part II

Posted October 1st, 2017 at 05:14 AM by ghostexorcist
Updated January 19th, 2018 at 08:41 PM by ghostexorcist

Interesting Facts About Journey to the West - Part II

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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...
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