Note - I just updated the slide with some of the historical info listed below. I also added in Chinese characters. It is formatted for people who already have a background in Chinese.
== Description ==
Journey to the West (Xiyouji in Chinese) is about the monkey demon Sun Wukong repenting for his past transgressions against heaven by escorting the Buddhist monk Xuanzang on a perilous journey to retrieve scriptures from India. He, along with his fellow disciples Zhu Bajie (a pig demon), Sha Wujing (a water demon), and the white dragon-horse, protect the monk from all manner of monsters and evil spirits along the way.
== Academic stuff ==
The novel was published anonymously in 1592 CE. Early 20th century scholarship attributed the minor government official Wu Cheng'en as the author. More recent research, however, has cast doubt on this.
Xuanzang (602-664) was a historical Buddhist monk who traveled to India in pursuit of scriptures against an imperial decree baring anyone from traveling outside of China. He lived in India for 17 years and brought back some 600 scriptures with him. He became a national hero and was warmly welcomed back by the Tang Emperor Taizong in person.
Researchers have shown the character of the Monkey King was influenced by a great many number of internal Chinese and external foreign sources. For instance, the simian character Hanuman from the Indian Epic Ramayana (5th century BCE) is thought to be his main literary antecedent because both have celestial origins, cause a ruckus in heaven, have near identical magic abilities, fight with blunt instruments, and show extreme loyalty to their masters.
== Legal stuff ==
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