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Chinese Fables
The Kangxi emperor of the Manchu Qing Dynasty was one of the best rulers of China. He annexed Taiwan as a prefecture of Fujian in 1683 after Koxinga's grandson surrendered the island in 1682.
Zhu Yigui woke up from a siesta under the cool shade of the riverside banyan tree. It was still very hot in southern Taiwan, which in fact is in the tropical zone.
There is a type of domesticated common water bird known as cai-ya or tsai-ya (菜鴨) in Taiwan, which never sits on eggs.
Abbot Miaosong complied with Mad Monk's demand. Wine was bought and Mad Monk drank to his heart's content.
Both parents of Li Daoji (李道濟), who was the Dragon-subjugating Arhat reborn, died when he was 18.
Mad Monk was born Li Daoji (李道濟) at Tiantai (天台) in Zhejiang on the second day of the second moon of the third year of Shaoxing under the reign of the Emperor Gaozhong of the Southern Song Dynasty (1133南宋高宗紹興三年).
One of the best known Chinese Buddhist monks is Ji Gong (濟公), which literally means Relief Lord.
The author of the Journey to the West had a historical person as the hero in his novel. In real life, Tripitaka is Xuangzang or Hsuan-tsang (玄奘). He was born in Henan or Honan (河南) around 602 A.D.
Elated, Monkey went with the Jade Emperor's messenger Vesper to the Heavenly Court, where he was appointed Pi-ma-wen (弼馬溫), or Head of the Imperial Stable.
Because Monkey was born out of the rock, he was known as Shi-hou (石猴) or Stone-monkey.
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