Jul 11, 2010

Taiwan FDC on "Chinese Classic Novel 'Journey to the West' (Issue of 2010)"

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Chinese Classic Novel “Journey to the West” (Issue of 2010)

Date of Issue : 7 July 2010

(from Left to Right)
NT$5 Stamp : Complete Enlightenment
The monkey king of Mt. Huaguo in the Water Curtain Cave, desiring immortality, made off to the Three Star Cave to study under the Buddhist Patriarch Subodhi, who gave him the name Sun Wukong, and from whom he learned secrets of magic. Later, because Sun would recklessly show off his magic, Subodhi renounced him as a student. Furthermore, Subodhi gave him a pointer: “Whence one comes, one returns.”

NT$5 Stamp : Sun Wukong Wreaks Havoc in Heaven
The Jade Emperor conveyed on Sun Wukong the title “Great Sage Equal of Heaven,” and sent him off to administer the garden of Queen Mother of the West’s peaches of immortality. Sun stole and ate some peaches, pills of immortality and wine prepared for Heaven’s Peach Festival. The Jade Emperor dispatched his forces to capture him and the monkey was imprisoned in Mt. Wuhang by Tathagata.

NT$12 Stamp : Dreaming of Beheading the Jing River Dragon King
The Jing River Dragon King disobeyed the Jade Emperor’s directive to create rain. Consequently, the emperor sent Wei Zheng to behead the Dragon King, and the Dragon King appeared in Emperor Tang Taizong’s dream to ask for help. To divert Wei Zheng’s attention, Emperor Tang Taizong invited him to his palace to discuss affairs of state and then play chess. During the game Wei Zheng dozed off, at which time his spirit left his body to behead the dragon.

NT$25 Stamp : Stealing the Ginseng Fruits
The Ginseng fruit was a great treasure of Longevity Mountain. After Sun Wukong and Pigsy were scolded for secretly eating Ginseng fruits, Sun Wukong destroyed the orchard in a fit of pique. Eventually the dew drops of the Goddess of Mercy saved the Ginseng fruit trees.

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