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Swallow it…

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So, Monkey and Monk, Tripitaka… Approach Eagle’s Sorrow… A Water Dragon emerges… From the lake… Attacks the Monk… And swallows his horse… This is not good!… How is the pilgrimage to proceed… Without a horse to carry Tripitaka?… Dragons appear to be ubiquitous… In Chinese folklore… Because of their Imperial past… They are still linked to good fortune… Such good fortune in Imperial times… Was also linked to a heavily ritualised life… For the Emperor… And is where the term Draconian derives when… Used for restrictive measures… On personal freedoms… And such like…

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The Emperor’s existence… Although drenched… In gold… And apparent glory… Was one of drudgery… To the ritualised formulas which attended every aspect of his… Or her… Usually his… Life!… Beware the wiles of bling!… The Emperor it was believed… Was a dragon… In human form… There were dragons… Of air… Water… Earth.. And fire… And this aspect of Chinese folklore… Has been adopted by the magical traditions of the West… It is a very long time ago… Now… Since there was anyone walking the earth sphere… Who actually knew… What all this meant… On a practical level… Which is a pity…

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Don’t you think?… The Water Dragon… Had been promised a longer life if he joined Tripitaka’s pilgrimage… For the Sacred Scrolls… Only he did not know what Tripitaka looked like… Or to be honest… What a pilgrimage looked like either… He was not expecting… A monkey demon… But Monkey did not care for any of that… He just set about the Water Dragon… Demanding Tripitaka’s horse back… It took another earthly visitation from the heavenly Guanyin… To sort things out… The Dragon transformed himself into Tripitaka’s horse… And on they all went… You are what you eat!

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