“The nature of Monkey was irrepressible!”
Remember the Japanese TV show ‘Monkey’?
Did you know that it was an adaptation of an ancient classical Chinese novel; or that the story has been remade oodles of time as Chinese Opera, theatre, animation and kung fu movies?
I am working on a talk about this most enduring of stories to give at a private event at the end of the month. To celebrate the lunar New Year – the year of the monkey, no less – I am posting the text from the opening narration of that old Japanese TV show, along with a clip of the theme song.
Enjoy! And happy new (lunar) year!
“In the worlds before Monkey, primal chaos reigned.
Heaven sought order.
But the phoenix can fly only when its feathers are grown.
The four worlds formed again and yet again,
As endless aeons wheeled and passed.
Time and the pure essences of Heaven,
the moisture of the Earth,
the powers of the sun and the moon
All worked upon a certain rock, old as creation.
And it became magically fertile.
That 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 then came a stone monkey.
The nature of Monkey was irrepressible!”