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In the world before Monkey, primal chaos reigned. Heaven sought order, but the phoenix can fly only when it’s feathers are grown.

The four worlds formed again and yet again, as endless aeons wheeled and passed.

Time and the pure essences of Heaven all worked upon a certain rock, old as creation. It became magically fertile.

The first egg was named “Thought”. Tathagata Buddha, the Father Buddha said “With our thoughts, we make the world”. Elemental forces caused the egg to hatch. From it came a stone monkey.

The nature of monkey was irrepressible!!

Saiyūki (西遊記, lit. “Journey to the West”), also known by its English title Monkey, also commonly referred to as Monkey Magic (the show’s title song), is a Japanese television drama based on the 16th century Chinese novel, Journey to the West, by Wu Cheng’en. Filmed in Northwest China and Inner Mongolia, the show was produced by Nippon TV and International Television Films in association with NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), and broadcast from 1978 to 1980 on Nippon TV.

Saiyūki ( Journey to the West). Describes the demons and monsters who try to stop the Tang Priest Hsüan Tsang (Tripitaka) from reaching a Buddhist monastery in India to retrieve Buddhist scriptures. The whole series recounts the exploits of the resourceful, brave, and humorous Monkey, the real hero of the fantasy, as he escorts Tripitaka, the pig monster Pigsy, and the water monster Sandy, on their perilous mission.

Hsüan Tsang (Tripitaka) actually lived and really did go to India in 629 A.D. to get Buddhist scriptures.

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Monkey Magic