The Great Demon King (大魔王)

The Great Demon King (大魔王)

A Story in Simplified Chinese and Pinyin, 1800 Word Vocabulary Level, Journey to the West Book #16

The Monkey King Sun Wukong leads the Tang monk and his two fellow disciples westward until their path is blocked by a river eight hundred miles wide.  On the riverbank is a village where the people live in fear of the Great Demon King, who demands two human sacrifices each year.  Sun Wukong and the pig-man Zhu Bajie come up with a clever plan to trick the Demon King and save the people of the village, but they soon discover that the Demon King has clever plans of his own.

This is the 16th book in the best-selling The Journey to the West series of stories for students learning to read Chinese. It is based on the epic 16th century novel of the same name by Wu Chen’en.  That novel was inspired by an actual journey by the Buddhist monk Tangseng, who traveled from Chang’an westward to India in 629 A.D. and returned seventeen years later with priceless knowledge and spiritual texts. Over the course of the book Tangseng and his companions face the 81 tribulations that Tangseng had to endure to attain Buddhahood.

The story is written, as much as possible, using the 1200 word vocabulary of HSK4, plus several hundred words introduced in previous books in the series.  It is presented in Simplified Chinese characters and pinyin, and includes an English version and glossary.  A free audiobook is available on YouTube’s Imagin8 Press channel and also on www.imagin8press.com.