The year 2016 was the Year of the Monkey, and no monkey is more iconic in China than Sun Wukong å™æ‚Ÿç©º, the mischievous and beloved Monkey King of Chinese mythology. A central character in the sixteenth-century classic Journey to the West è¥¿æ¸¸è®°, ï¿½Monkeyï¿½ was born from a stone, and enjoys tremendous powers thanks to Taoist practices and a magical staff. When he creates havoc in the Jade Emperorï¿½s heavenly palace, the Buddha sends Monkey on a journey across the seemingly infinite expanse of his palm, finally trapping him under a mountain, where he remains for five hundred years. The Buddha promises Monkey his freedom if he agrees to protect the monk Xuanzang çŽ„å¥˜ on his journey to collect the Buddhist classics from India and bring them back to China. But knowing Monkeyï¿½s capacity for mischief, the Buddha gives Xuanzang a headband that once placed on Monkeyï¿½s head can never be taken off, teaching him a magical incantation that enables the monk to painfully tighten the headband. The pain ï¿½ or the threat of it ï¿½ keeps Monkey under control throughout the long journey.
|Title of host publication
|China Story Yearbook 2016: Control
|Jane Golley, Linda Jaivin, and Luigi Tomba
|Place of Publication
|Published - 2017