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Journey to the West is one of the most influential books ever written and has inspired countless stories, but is quite obscure in the West. Caoimhe Ní Chaoimh hosts a lighthearted chapter by chapter discussion of the novel with her friend, comedian MJ Stokes. New episodes come out every second Wednesday.

Journey of the Monkey King Caoimhe Ní Chaoimh & MJ Stokes

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    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Journey to the West is one of the most influential books ever written and has inspired countless stories, but is quite obscure in the West. Caoimhe Ní Chaoimh hosts a lighthearted chapter by chapter discussion of the novel with her friend, comedian MJ Stokes. New episodes come out every second Wednesday.

    JotMK #1 - Laser monkey & Chinese unicorn giraffe

    JotMK #1 - Laser monkey & Chinese unicorn giraffe

    Caoimhe & MJ discuss the first chapter of Journey to the West and get side tracked by laser eyes and what exactly the word "unicorn" is a translation of.

    Links:
    Qilins on Wikipedia.Zheng He's treasure voyages on Wikipedia.A specific section of the Wikipedia article on Buddhist cosmology.Episode artwork is a painting of a 1666 painting of a Qilin by Kanō Tannyū, as photographed by Sailko.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter and follow MJ on Instagram.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.

    • 35 min
    JotMK #2 - The secrets of immortality & self-replicating monkeys

    JotMK #2 - The secrets of immortality & self-replicating monkeys

    Some spoilers for The Good Place between 3:18 and 04:45 when we discuss some existential issues.

    Other than that Caoimhe & MJ discuss the second chapter of Journey to the West, immortality, unwholesome meats and the Epic of Gilgamesh being gay.

    Links:
    BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time - Epic of Gilgamesh.Chinese Units of measurement on Wikipedia.Wu Cheng'en on Wikipedia.Brian O'Nolan/Flann O'Brian/Myles na gCopaleen on Wikipedia.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter and follow MJ on Instagram.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.

    • 50 min
    JotMK #3 - Afterlife paperwork & Sun Wu Karen

    JotMK #3 - Afterlife paperwork & Sun Wu Karen

    Content warning for intimidation and threats of violence throughout the episode and for brief mentions of alcohol and drinking between about 23:00 to 23:40.

    Caoimhe & MJ discuss the third chapter of Journey to the West, in which Sun Wukong goes a bit too far.

    Links:
    Episode artwork from A Modern Journey to the West (1865) by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi.Yu the Great on Wikipedia.Great Flood (China) on Wikipedia.How the Milky Way Got Its Name.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter and follow MJ on Instagram.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.

    • 43 min
    JotMK #4 - Earlobe elongation & embroidered balls

    JotMK #4 - Earlobe elongation & embroidered balls

    Caoimhe & MJ discuss the fourth chapter of Journey to the West, in which Sun Wukong demands a promotion.

    As usual expect fights and violence throughout the episode and the episode also has some digressions that briefly touch on phrenology between 20:15 and 22:47 and a joke about BDSM sex practises at 26:08 and 28:00.

    Links:
    Episode artwork from A Modern Journey to the West (1865) by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi.Giant Buddha, Giant Ears on National Geographic.Throwing Embroidered Ball on Omeida.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter and follow MJ on Instagram.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.I forgot about it while recording the episode but embroidered balls specifically as a courtship ritual will show up again in a future chapter.

    • 35 min
    JotMK #5 - How to deal with a narcissist in your organisation

    JotMK #5 - How to deal with a narcissist in your organisation

    This episode features repeated mentions of alcohol and a character getting drink between about 16:30 and 22:00.

    Otherwise Caoimhe & MJ discuss the finer points of how to work with narcissists as the Monkey King continues to cause trouble in Heaven.

    Links:
    Kumis on Wikipedia.The Barefoot Immortal on Wikipedia.Episode artwork from Peach Blossom Study by Shen Zhou.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter and follow MJ on Instagram.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.

    • 30 min
    JotMK #6 - Avian slut shaming & deification of hydraulic engineers

    JotMK #6 - Avian slut shaming & deification of hydraulic engineers

    Caoimhe & MJ stokes talk about chapter six of Journey to the West, featuring a battle of the gods, a shapeshifting duel and avian slut shaming.

    Links:
    Erlang Shen on Wikipedia.Bustard on Wikipedia.Episode artwork from Gujin Tushu Jicheng via Wikimedia Commons.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter and follow MJ on Instagram.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.

    • 22 min

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