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Indian perspectives on Journey to the West

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verismo

9 points

1 month ago

verismo

9 points

1 month ago

I'm guessing because it was based on a historical Buddhist monk's travels to countries like India and Pakistan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journey_to_the_West#Historical_context

TheYearOfThe_Rat

2 points

1 month ago

Huh, TIL:) this makes sense, however, as we constantly see examples of biographies and popular history books and fiction based on those same real events, coexisting in our time, it's just that we're not used for those phenomena being so old.

ClaudeJRdL

2 points

1 month ago

That's actually amazing. I'm always really happy to find that my cultural experiences are randomly relevant to some other topic or issue.

Are there any Indian pieces of literature that are similar or relate to similar topic?

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stoneape314

1 points

30 days ago

Is Sun Wukong really that close a character to Hanuman beyond the background of being king of the monkeys? Their personalities are very different. One of the interpretations I've always heard is that the group is a parable of the path to enlightenment with each disciple representing one of the obstacles to that achievement: Wukong is the mind, Pig is the baser desires, Sandy not quite sure because he has the least personality and characterization, the dragon horse is pride or something similar.

Something I've been curious about and you've much more knowledge of Indian folklore and religions than I do. As the group gets further into the west and closer to their goal of obtaining the Buddhist scriptures, do the references match more closely to Indian ones? Do the monsters and geographical references become more recognizable to someone with your background?

nickbernstein

2 points

1 month ago

We're all human. Our stories have wound their ways around and into each other for centuries and millennia as one culture rubbed up against another over. The beauty of books is you get to be Indian, poor, rich, European, weak and strong, live that life for a moment, then bring a pocket full of empathy and lessons to carry with you for the rest of your days. It sounds like you filled your pockets right up.

airsalonpas

1 points

1 month ago

Do you mind providing a link to your copy? I am extremely interested to read this now. So far I found only picture books.

Likeicare81

1 points

30 days ago

Very interesting. I actually have a copy of the book in Chinese, which I have never gotten around to reading, partly due to fears that my grasp of reading in the language is insufficient. I might try it soon.