Albion, Art, Trickster

Peaches…

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There is a principle… Of literary criticism… Which states… That the more complex… A story… The more likely it is… To be… Authentic… This is especially… The case… When that story… Has at some point… In its developmental history… Been passed on by… Word of mouth… And from this… We may infer… That the process of… Narrative evolution… Tends towards… The simplistic… It may though… Be circumspect to insert… A mitigating factor… To this august principle… This being that those elements of complexity regarded as authentic… Be necessary… And relevant… To the story… Which is being told.

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This changes things… As a case in point… We can return… To our Chinese Monkey God… Who on his return to the heavenly realms… With an inflated title… Gets to oversee the… Immortal peach orchards… In this version of the ‘Peach Motif’ the orchards have been organised into three sections… Roughly comprising… Front, ripening after three-thousand years… And conferring immortality… Middle, ripening after six thousand years… And conferring ageless abode in heaven… And back, ripening after nine thousand years… And conferring longevity equal to that of the Sun and Moon…

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And heaven and earth… The three fruits… Have a slightly different appearance… Concomitant to their duration of growth… Monkey… Gorges on those growing at the back of the orchard… And, amusing as all this is… One cannot help but quibble… Surely… Attaining immortality… Is to be… Immortal… Irrespective of the existence of sun, moon, heaven and earth… Whilst technically, one could continue to age… And still be alive… But it is difficult to see that being… Much fun… Nor it being… Held to be much of a boon… Perhaps immortality… for the Chinese… Is like immunity… For us here in the west?

 

 

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