History Literature / JourneyToTheWest

9th Feb '17 8:20:00 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AdaptationSpeciesChange: Probably due to some form of LostInTranslation. Sha Wujing was originally a demon dwelling in a river of sand. When the story was brought over to Japan, it seems the part about the river being sand got left out, and so Sha Wujing, now Sha Gojyo, was turned into their river-dwelling man-eating (ish) monster, the kappa, hence why all Japanese references to Sha Gojyo at least give him kappa traits.


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* AdaptationSpeciesChange: Probably due to some form of LostInTranslation. Sha Wujing was originally a demon dwelling in a river of sand. When the story was brought over to Japan, it seems the part about the river being sand got left out, and so Sha Wujing, now Sha Gojyo, was turned into their river-dwelling man-eating (ish) monster, the kappa, hence why all Japanese references to Sha Gojyo at least give him kappa traits.
23rd Jan '17 7:55:55 PM PaulA
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* PermanentlyMissableContent: One page of the scripture gets permanently stuck to a rock when they fall into a river and the pages get wet.
23rd Jan '17 7:38:49 AM Gosicrystal
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* LostForever: One page of the scripture gets permanently stuck to a rock when they fall into a river and the pages get wet.


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* PermanentlyMissableContent: One page of the scripture gets permanently stuck to a rock when they fall into a river and the pages get wet.
19th Jan '17 7:04:16 PM LogicMeister
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** Believe it or not, Buddha himself, in ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' at least. It may not seem so obvious at first, but it becomes pretty clear that he is one when you think about it. Before he punished Wukong, Buddha made a bet with him, which went like this; ''Sun Wukong must first jump onto Buddha's palm, He must then leave Buddha's palm and fly to the edge of the universe, if Sun Wukong accomplishes this, he shall be the new ruler of Heaven.'' So the [[SunWukong Monkey King]] puts his all into it, and after reaching what he believes to be the edge of the universe, marked by five giant pillars, then flys back to Buddha in order to claim Heaven, ONLY TO BE TOLD that he never left Buddha's hand, due to the fact that the ''''ENTIRE UNIVERSE'''' rest in the palm of Buddha's hand, and then was sealed under a Mountain for 500 years and only given Iron Balls to eat and {{Mercury}} to drink as part of his aforementioned punishment. Sound fair so far? Well while Wukong was a those giant pillars, he signed his name on one of them to prove he'd been there, then went around to the other side of it and peed on it, when he goes back to Buddha it's revealed that the "pillars" were in fact Buddha's fingers, '''''This means that Sun Wukong successfully left Buddha's palm and went to the edge of the universe, a palm CAN"T exist on both sides of the fingers.''''' Other versions have Buddha using his powers to cloud Wukong's mind to stop him from going anywhere, '''which is pretty much the same thing as slipping someone a mickey to stop them from completing their part of the bet. i.e. cheating.''' Either way Buddha owes {{SunWukong}} Heaven. Some versions do avoid this by have Wukong actually going to the "pillars", but just peeing on a different pillar.
*** Another case of Buddha being a jerkass was the time he had his men fly Tripitaka and Co. back to China, but before they were home, Buddha asked how many disasters they had suffered on their way to him, after finding out it was 80 Buddha decided to have them go through another one just because 9 was Buddism's lucky/holy number and 9x9 is 81 [[note]] They didn't even NEED to experience another disaster, Buddha just wanted them to[[/note]], so he orders his men to drop them without consulting Tripitaka and Co. Keep in mind Buddha wasn't with them, he asked a Divine record keeper for the number.
4th Nov '16 8:00:42 AM dlchen145
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* BadAss: The book's ninety-nine chapters long, and every major character gets a chance to be one at least once. Except [[DistressedDude Xuanzang]]



* DistressedDude: Being abducted ([[ImAHumanitarian for food]] or otherwise), [[TheDitz deceived]] and [[ButtMonkey generally harassed]] seems to be a main occupation of Xuanzang. Usually just to show how {{badass}} Sun Wukong is.

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* DistressedDude: Being abducted ([[ImAHumanitarian for food]] or otherwise), [[TheDitz deceived]] and [[ButtMonkey generally harassed]] seems to be a main occupation of Xuanzang. Usually just to show how {{badass}} badass Sun Wukong is.
17th Aug '16 6:18:12 AM ChrisX
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Sun Wukong deserves a paragraph to himself. Warrior, magician, and trickster, the Handsome Monkey King (by acclamation of his subjects) and Great Sage Equal of Heaven (self-proclaimed) gets seven chapters devoted to his rise and fall before the novel's nominal hero first appears, and continues to steal the limelight throughout with practiced ease. Every reader has a favourite story -- the one about his bet with the Buddha is particularly popular -- but alas, this page is too small to do them all justice.

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Sun Wukong deserves a paragraph to himself. Warrior, magician, and trickster, the Handsome Monkey King (by acclamation of his subjects) and Great Sage Equal of Heaven (self-proclaimed) gets seven chapters devoted to his rise and fall before the novel's nominal hero first appears, and continues to steal the limelight throughout with practiced ease. Every reader has a favourite story -- the one about his bet with the Buddha is particularly popular -- but alas, this page is too small to do them all justice. \n [[FountainOfExpies He also has]] [[MonkeyKingLite tons and tons of imitators.]]
9th Aug '16 1:44:56 PM Morgenthaler
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''Journey to the West'' (西游记 ''Xīyóujì'' pronounced roughly ''shee-yo-jee'') is one of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Great_Classical_Novels the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature]], and first published in the 1590s, although it is plainly based on much older folk-legends. It is InspiredBy the pilgrimage undertaken by the Tang dynasty [[{{China}} Chinese]] Buddhist monk Xuanzang, who nearly a thousand years earlier travelled to {{India}} to study {{Buddhism}} at its source and obtain accurate copies of Buddhist texts known in China only through inaccurate nth-generation copies.

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''Journey to the West'' (西游记 ''Xīyóujì'' pronounced roughly ''shee-yo-jee'') is one of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Great_Classical_Novels the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature]], and first published in the 1590s, although it is plainly based on much older folk-legends. It is InspiredBy the pilgrimage undertaken by the Tang dynasty [[{{China}} [[UsefulNotes/{{China}} Chinese]] Buddhist monk Xuanzang, who nearly a thousand years earlier travelled to {{India}} UsefulNotes/{{India}} to study {{Buddhism}} UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} at its source and obtain accurate copies of Buddhist texts known in China only through inaccurate nth-generation copies.
21st Jul '16 6:43:06 PM PaulA
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* EnlightenmentSuperpower: Many of Sun Wukong's powers, including the shapeshifting, the ability to summon duplicates of himself, and the ability to leap large distances in a single bound, were gained as side-effects of studying the secrets of the universe under the sage Subhuti. Subhuti eventually asked him to leave when he realized he was more interested in the superpowers than the enlightenment.
20th Jul '16 6:08:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy:
** The Garuda King in the Three Monsters arc. [[spoiler:By virtue of being Buddha's pet and the brother of Buddha's foster mother, he knows everything there is to know about Sun Wukong's tricks and how to counter them. He was also the demon that came the closest to eating Xuanzang. Wukong only subdued him by calling in the Buddha himself to control Garuda.]]
** Wukong exhibits this as well at times, knowing when something isn't right and trying to convince the others to move on, but with Zhu Bajie constantly playing catch with the IdiotBall with Xuanzang during those chapters it never ends well.
1st Mar '16 8:19:30 PM Gairyuki
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* AdaptationSpeciesChange: Probably due to some form of LostInTranslation. Sha Wujing was originally a demon dwelling in a river of sand. When the story was brought over to Japan, it seems the part about the river being sand got left out, and so Sha Wujing, now Sha Gojyo, was turned into their river-dwelling man-eating (ish) monster, the kappa, hence why all Japanese references to Sha Gojyo at least give him kappa traits.
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