南游记: A Journey to the South

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In this translated Chinese mythology-themed novel titled A Journey to the South: The Making of Heavenly King Resplendent Light (known as “南游记” in Chinese) penned by Yu Xiangdou(1561-1637), after killing a havoc-wreaking Single-Flame King, Manjusri is banished by Tathagata to reincarnate into Spirit Light as a son of Mount Horse-Ear King, endowed with five accesses to natural elements and a heavenly eye. During his trip to the Spiritual Void Palace, Spirit Light frees two ghosts by stealing a golden spear, but he is killed by Purple Subtlety Heaven Emperor. He again reincarnates as Three-Eye Spirit Flare in the family of Blazing Darkness Heavenly King. He steals from his master Wonderful Joy Celestial Being a golden broadsword, to make it into a triangular golden brick as his divine weapon. Later, he wreaks havoc in the Jade Flower Gathering in the heaven and assumes the title of Resplendent Light, but he is subdued by Black Sky Heaven Emperor. Afraid of being punished by Jade Emperor, Resplendent Light reincarnates again into Xiao’s Family Village, where he subdues demons and evil spirits with his divine power. Considering his meritorious deeds, Jade Emperor grants pardon to him. Resplendent Light has no idea that his mother is a man-eating monster named Ganoderma who is later detained by Dragon Auspice King in Fengdu, the ghost capital. Searching around for his mother, Resplendent Light cheats Goddess Jade Ring for her pagoda, intending to melt it as his weapon. He meets her daughter Princess Iron Fan and takes her as his wife. He continues to subdue more demons and evil spirits. Still missing his mother, Resplendent Light learns she was in the underworld and ventures there without hesitation. Could Resplendent Light save his mother? Could he prevent his mother from eating humans again? What stories occur between Resplendent Light and the legendary Monkey King? What is the fate of Resplendent Light himself after his undulating reincarnations? Read on to know more about the making of Heavenly King Resplendent Light, a renowned divine figure in Chinese mythology.

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