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    A comparison of Sun Wukong and Wu Song

    A few weeks ago I wrote this article exploring the surprising parallels between the literary warriors Sun Wukong from Journey to the West and Wu Song from the Water Margin.

    https://journeytothewestresearch.wor...and-wu-song-2/

    Each is:

    • A reformed supernatural spirit previously imprisoned under stone.
    • A tiger-killer.
    • Nicknamed "Pilgrim" (行者, i.e. traveling monk).
    • An Unruly martial monk who likes to drink and fight.
    • Wears a golden fillet (戒箍).
    • Fights with a bin steel (鑌鐵) weapon.


    This was a fun piece to write because it helped me better visualize the cultural and literary landscape in which both characters developed. Both have a deep connection to warrior monks, appearing as staff-wielding "Pilgrims" in oral literature as far back as the 13th-century.

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    Thanks for sharing, ghostexorcist

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    Ok, thank you

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