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Turtle Whirl

I was looking for information on the Black Tortoise of Winter who played a significant role in Grace Lin’s When the Sea Turned to Silver, and it turns out that he’s pretty closely tied to a god called Xuanwu, a … Continue reading

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The Monk and the Monkey

Journey to the West, by Wu Cheng’en, translated and edited by Anthony C. Yu – This classic of Chinese literature, first published in the sixteenth century, is quite loosely based on the real-life pilgrimage of the seventh-century Buddhist monk Xuanzang … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Mercy

Guanyin is known as the Goddess of Mercy, although since she’s primarily revered in Buddhism she’s technically a bodhisattva instead of a goddess. She’s essentially the Chinese version of Avalokitasvara, the personification of compassion in Indian Buddhism. Avalokitasvara is depicted … Continue reading

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The Little Maiden of the Sea

Ponyo – Originally known in Japanese as Gake no ue no Ponyo (literally “Ponyo on the Cliff”), this was a 2009 release from Studio Ghibli. Partially inspired by The Little Mermaid (both the original Andersen story and the Disney film), … Continue reading

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