Encyclopedia > Xuan Zang (fictional character)

  Article Content

Xuan Zang (fictional character)

Xuan Zang (玄奘) is a fictional Buddhist monk of the Tang dynasty, the central character of the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West (at least theoretically; in truth, he is often upstaged by his disciple Sun Wukong). He is partly modelled on the historical Buddhist monk of the same name, whose life was the inspiration for the novel.

For most of Journey to the West, he bears the nickname Sanzang (三藏), a play on words connecting his real name to the "three baskets" of the Pali canon ("sanzang" in Chinese). In some English translations, the nickname is rendered as Tripitaka (another name for the Pali canon), thus losing the pun.

This article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by fixing it.



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
Great River, New York

... The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 104.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 97.8 males. The median income for a ...

 
 
 
This page was created in 22.3 ms