|the year of Monkey|
|Written by Yonghui Wang|
|Tuesday, 23 August 2016 20:14|
According to Chinese traditional philosophy, Wisdom comes from pure compassion and
Speaking of the Monkey, all Chinese and Asian people will think of Monkey King because we all grew up with the Monkey story from Journey to the West in our childhood. Most westerners only know about the Disney story of Mulan. Monkey King (also named Sun, Wukong) is 100 times more popular than Mulan.
Sun, Wukong is a main character in the Chinese classical novelJourney to the West . In the novel, he is a monkey born from a stone who acquires supernatural powers through Taoist practices. After rebelling against heaven and being imprisoned under a mountain by the Buddha , he later accompanies the monk Xuanzang on a journey to retrieve Buddhist sutras from India .
Sun Wukong possesses an immense amount of strength; he is able to lift a 17,550 lb staff with ease. He is also extremely fast, able to travel 34,000 miles in one somersault. Sun knows 72 transformations, which allow him to transform into various animals and objects; however, he is troubled in transforming into other forms, due to the accompanying incomplete transformation of his tail. Sun Wukong is a skilled fighter, capable of holding his own against the best warriors of heaven. Also, each of his hairs possess magical properties, capable of being transformed into clones of the Monkey King himself, and/or into various weapons, animals, and other objects. He also knows spells that can command wind, part water, conjure protective circles against demons, and freeze humans, demons, and gods alike.
One of the most enduring Chinese literary characters, Sun Wukong has a varied background and colorful cultural history. Over the last 10 years, the world renowned Shen Yun Performing Arts have featured the Monkey King story almost every year. Here are more stories about Monkey Kind from the Shen Yun website: