12 Facts About Monkey King


Monkey King, known as Sun Wukong in Mandarin Chinese, is a legendary mythical figure best known as one of the main characters in the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West and many later stories and adaptations.

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Monkey King'shair has magical properties, capable of making copies of himself or transforming into various weapons, animals and other things.

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Monkey King'sface hidden by a hood, he travels through towns and sees many examples of human degeneracy and vice.

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The Monkey King hears a Woodcutter singing an interesting song, and when questioning the Woodcutter about the origin he learns he was taught it by an Immortal who resides in the forest.

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Monkey King comes to the entrance of a temple of which resides a magical taoist martial artist named Puti Zushi, who initially refuses to let him in.

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The Monkey King waits outside the entrance for many months, refusing to leave.

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Quickly realizing Sun Wukong is quite formidable, the Dragon Monkey King feigns willingness and hospitality, ordering his underlings to bring out weapon after weapon.

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The Monkey King is the only creature strong enough to wield the staff-like weapon and there is an instant affinity between them.

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Monkey King, now sentenced to death for extorting the Dragon Kings, then defies Hell's attempt to collect his soul.

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The Monkey King remains imprisoned in stocks for five hundred years to 'learn patience and humility, ' with only his head and hands protruding from the base of the mountain.

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Understanding Sun Wukong will be difficult to control, Guanyin gives Tang Sanzang a gift from the Buddha: a magical circlet which, once the Monkey King is tricked into putting it on, can never be removed.

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Sun travels back and forth through time, during which he serves as the adjunct Monkey King of Hell and judges the soul of the recently dead traitor Qin Hui during the Song dynasty, takes on the appearance of a beautiful concubine and causes the downfall of the Qin dynasty, and faces Monkey King Paramita, one of his five sons born to the demoness Princess Iron Fan, on the battlefield during the Tang dynasty.

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