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  • That's the point where it doesn't make sense to me. Because I have never heard of Buddhist missionaries transporting the Epics, which have nothing to do with Buddhism in the slightest, and know of no overt references to those works in China (though I'm of course not a sinologist). Furthermore, the spread of Buddhism to China happens between the 4th and 8th centuries (a time when the Epics were just beginning to be written down), while the "Journey" was written in the 16th; it is about one of the missions to India to retrieve Buddhist scriptures. I've read studies on the formation of...
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  • It actually takes a lot more from the "Journey to the West" ("Son Goku" being the Japanese pronounciation of "Sun Wukong" and all that; don't ask me for details, my legitimately only contact with what Dragon Ball is actually about was when I heard some girls talk about it in kindergarten). It's quite astounding, though, how similar the over-the-top fight scenes in those 500-year-old novels are to those we know and love/hate/are weirded out by in modern Eastern media. How much that may be influenced by Indian Epics I can't tell; I haven't heard of Chinese writers taking...
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  • Sacerdos
    replied to Gods of Commerce?
    Has somebody said Wealth Gods? Because the Shen have a whole Heavenly Ministry of Wealth and Luck. To a certain degree, every god of the Shen can be asked for personal fortune and monetary blessing, since this has arisen as a very important general theme in the relationship between divine and human in China over the centuries. Watcher has mentioned Guan Yu, a god that is normally concerned with order and protection, a god of loyal warriors and policemen; but in the way almost every Chinese god has an aspect associated with financial well-being, so Guan Yu's loyalty and protectiveness can also...
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  • Keep in mind, though, that they have very different origins. Sun Wukong crawls from an egg formed of stone, after that stone had been exposed to an exceptional, but natural confluence of subtle forces, including those of wind, sunshine, moonshine, and earthly vapours. Hanuman, meanwhile, is the greatest of a whole people of monkey-men, the Vanaras; he is the son of the wind god Vayu, and the avatar of Shiva. Not that one couldn't fabricate a connection between these two, just to say what you'd be working with....
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  • Sacerdos
    replied to Pantheon Question
    I pretty much have no idea, but I looked around a bit, and there were a lot of good critiques for this book? https://books.google.de/books?id=7S1...QPAdgQ6AEIHTAA...
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  • Sacerdos
    replied to The Tone of Scion
    We do know that they don't have an underworld, in fact. All the dead go to dwell in the heavenly city/village Orun Rere, where Olodumare and the Orisha also live (imagine a division between the normal city and the palace circuit here). The most exalted of the dead are the ancestors, those who led a exemplary life, died of ripe old age, and continue to be venerated by their descendants; those can send part of their life force to "partially reincarnate" as a new person in their blood line. The other dead get assigned plots of land and other privileges in the city according to their virtue...
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