296: The connection is the Airavata, the elephant of Lord Indra in Hindu myth. The river in Myanmar, Irrawaddy supposedly derives from Airavata or Iravati, the mother of Airavata. The Airavateswara temple in Darasuram, Tamil Nadu, a world heritage monument, supposedly houses the lingam worshipped by Airavata and hence named for it.
Xuanzang ,the character in the Chinese novel Journey to the West is partly inspired from the Tang Dynasty Buddhist monk of the same name.
The Chinese epic “Journey to the West”? The monk who took the journey was protected by Sun Wukong, the Monkey King.
This is the second time I am talking about Monkey King on this blog. It would almost seem that I am obsessed with the Monkey King. 😀
The first is a statue of the chinese monk XuanZang who travelled to India and back.
XuanZang’s travels inspired “Journey to the west”, one of the four great classical novels of chinese literature.
The Second is a collage of images of the London-Manchester train illustrated by Jamie Hewlett as a promo for the Circus Opera Monkey. Monkey was inspired by Journey to the west.
Hieun Tsang and the anime series Monkey. The series was supposedly based on the stories of a monkey disciple of Hieun Tsang.
um. monkey.. journey to the west.. something?
The first is a picture of Tripitaka and the trains in the second picture are promoting the opera ‘Monkey: Journey to the West’, an opera written by DA based on a Chinese epic whose hero is Tripitaka.
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