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Sun Wukong, the 'Monkey King', fictional character of a Chinese novel at a parade; The Monkey King accompanies the Tang monk Xuanzang on his journey to retrieve Buddhist sutras from India. Xuanzang's safety is constantly threatened by supernatural beings, and Sun Wukong often acts as a bodyguard. Sun Wukong was known to have incredible strength, to be able to travel high speed, to know 72 transformations, which allowed him to transform into various animals and objects. He also knew various spells such as commanding the wind, conjuring protective circles against demons, or freezing humans, demons, and gods alike with one word. In the novel, Sun Wukong and Xuanzang are joined by Zhu Bajie and Sha Wujing, both of whom were ordered to accompany the priest to atone for their crimes. The priest's horse is actually a dragon prince who had been defeated by Sun Wukong and tamed by Guan Yim. The group encounters a series of eighty-one tribulations before accomplishing their mission and returning safely to China; street scene, China Town, Bangkok

Photographer:Valeska Gehrmann
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