Alchemy, Art, Books, Folk Tale, Trickster

Monkey…

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Monkey… Is a Japanese… Tee-Vee series… Based on a collection of Chinese folk-tales… And made into a novel… In the Seventeenth-Century… The novel… Goes by the title… Journey to the West… But the west… In this case… Is India… The Buddhist monk, Tripitaka… In the series played by an actress… Has been tasked with retrieving sacred texts from that country…The Gods… Assign… A dragon… A fish… A pig…. And a monkey…. To assist in the quest… These ‘monsters’… Have been cast out of the ‘heaven world’ for various mis-demeanours… The dragon… Assumes the form… Of a white horse.

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It is… Perhaps… Not too much of a stretch… To regard each of these characters… As aspects of the psyche… And to see the journey to the west… As one of enlightenment… Interesting then that the monk… Or soul… Should be borne… By a dragon disguised as a horse… In British folklore… The white horse often transports… Its rider to fairyland… Which in those tales… Is seen as a dangerous place full of snares… And traps… Designed to trip-up the unwary… Or unholy… Which is not unlike the land traversed by our… monstrous heroes… In short… What we have here… Is another ‘Book of the Dead‘.

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It is a curious thing… The series was clearly designed… For children… It was dubbed… And when it was first broadcast… It had no context… Other than… The opening… And closing sequences… And their accompanying songs… And yet… It was compulsive viewing… It took a while though… To work out… What Sandy was… And that Tripitaka… Was played… By a woman… Most curiously… Monkey… Who seems to be the leader of the monstrous psyche… Was born from a stone egg… And trapped under a mountain for hundreds of years… His nature… Once released… Is said to be irrepressible!

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