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大闹蟠桃会



Troubling the Banquet of the Peach

            Jinxing and Wukong came to the Heaven Palace, and Jinxing reported: “Wukong has come!” Jade Emperor said: “Wukong Sun, you have arrived. Today I will let you be your Command Sky Saint, and you shall not make trouble.” Wukong didn’t kneel nor respectfully bow; he only saluted and said “Thanks!”

            In the sky palace there was a Peach Garden. The Jade Emperor sent people to build a Command Sky Saint Mansion to the left of the Peach Garden. After Wukong became the Command Sky Saint, he made friends with all the gods and immortals, and all day he went all over the place, coming in the clouds and going in the fog. Days were going by very happy.

            One day, Jade Emperor called Wukong to his front and said: “I see that your days are much unoccupied, so I got something for you to do. You could help me look over the Peach Garden.”

            When the Saint went to the Peach Garden, the Land God blocked his passage and said: “O great Saint, where are you going?” Wukong said: “Jade Emperor ordered me to look over the Peach Garden, so today I have come to take a look.” The Land God hurriedly saluted upon hearing this, and led the Great Saint inside to inspect inside the garden. The Great Saint asked: “How many peach trees are here?” The Land God replied: “In all there are three thousand six hundred. The front one thousand two hundred ripens every three thousand years, and people who eat it become healthy. The middle one thousand two hundred ripens every six thousand years, and people who eat it will enjoy longevity. The back one thousand two hundred ripens every nine thousand years, and those who eat it will become immortal.” Upon hearing this, the Great Saint was very happy. He counted the peach trees and not a single tree was missing, so he went back to his Great Saint Mansion.

            One day, the Great Saint saw that a whole lot of the peaches in the back section were ripe. He wanted to taste something new, so he jumped onto a tree, picked a big peach, and made it full. A few days later, he went to steal peaches again, and he happily enjoyed another full meal.

            After a few days, Queen Mother wanted to host a Banquet of the Peach at the Jade Pool. She sent the red clothed fairy, the blue-green clothed fairy, the white clothed fairy, the black clothed fairy, the purple clothed fairy, the yellow clothed fairy, and the green clothed fairy to the Peach Garden to pick peaches.

            The seven colored fairies came to the front of the Peach Garden with their baskets on their heads and said to the Land God: “Queen Mother sent us to pick peaches in the Peach Garden.” The Land God replied: “Please wait for a little while. This year isn’t the same as previous years. Because Jade Emperor ordered a Command Sky Saint to look over the peach garden, I must report to the Great Saint before I can open the doors to the garden.” The fairies asked: “Then where is the Saint?” The Land God said: “The Saint is sleeping in the garden.” The fairies said: “Then quickly bring us to find him.”

            The Land God and the fairies went inside the garden, but couldn’t find the Great Saint even after searching everywhere. Actually, when the Saint played for a little while and ate a few peaches, he turned into a little person that’s about two inches long and started sleeping on a tree branch.   

            The seven fairies worriedly said: “The Queen Mother sent us to pick peaches, but we couldn’t find the Great Saint; how do we dare to go back empty-handed?” The Land God said: “Maybe the Great Saint has gone to another place to find friends to play with. You can start picking peaches now, and I will tell the Saint after he gets back.”

            The seven fairies first picked two baskets of peaches in the first section, and then picked three baskets of peaches in the middle section. But when they went to the back section to pick, all the peaches were green and not ripe. They looked around for a long time, and saw that on the south side there was a half red and half white peach on a branch. They all walked toward the peach. The blue-green clothed fairy pulled down the branch, and the red clothed fairy picked the peach. The blue-green clothed fairy let go, and the branch flew back.

            But who knows, the Great Saint was sleeping on this branch, and he was all of a sudden he was awakened in a panic. He turned back to his regular form and jumped onto the floor, and from his ear took out his Gold Wrapped Staff. He shook it a little, and it became about the thickness of a bowl. He then shouted to the fairies: “Where do you come from, devil, that you dare come to steal peaches?”

            The seven fairies were so scared that they frantically kneeled down in front of the Great Saint, and said: “We are not devils. The Queen Mother wants to have a Peach Banquet at the Jade Pool, and she sent us to pick peaches. We originally wanted to report to you, but we searched and couldn’t find you, so we could only start first.”

            The Great Saint heard, and said: “You can get up. The Queen Mother wants to have a Peach Banquet, so she must be inviting guests, right?”

            The fairies replied: “Of course. People that you know like Tower King Li and Third Prince Nezha are all coming.”

            The Saint asked: “Did she invite me?”

            The fairies replied: “We haven’t heard.”

            The Saint unhappily replied: “I am the Command Sky Saint. Why am I not invited?”

            The fairies said: “Other years when we invited, you weren’t in the sky palace. As for this year, we don’t know.”

            The Great Saint said: “Your words are true; I won’t blame you. Me old Sun will go and get some news to see if I am invited. You can wait a little here.”

            The Saint mumbled an incantation, and said: “Stay, stay, stay!” The seven fairies were now all stilled under the tree by the Saint’s magic hold. The Saint went on a cloud towards Jade Pool.

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            The Great Saint met Barefoot God on the way. The Saint asked: “Where are you going?”

            The God said: “Queen Mother invited me to be part of the Peach Banquet. Command Sky Saint, where are you going?”

            The Saint thought: looks like Queen mother really didn’t invite me. If you don’t invite me, I will go myself. As he thought about this, he rolled his eyes and said to the Barefoot God: “Jade Emperor let me tell all the Gods to first go to Tongming Hall before going to Jade Pool.” The God thought that this this real, turning around to go to Tongming Hall.

            After the Barefoot God left, he transformed into the shape of the Barefoot God and went straight to Jade Pool. He lightly went inside, and saw a lot of delicacies nice and neat on the table, but not a single guest.

            As the Saint looked, he suddenly smelled a wisp of wine. He turned around, and saw that it was a few wine makers that had just made some wine. The Great Saint plucked off a few hairs, recited the incantation and said “Change!” It changed into a few sleepy bugs that landed on the faces of the wine makers. Not long after, the wine makers all drooped down and closed their eyes, entering into a sleep.

            The Saint took the delicacies from the tables, and walked to the barrels which held the wine. He then sat down and happily ate and drank a lot. After he finished, he suddenly thought: “No, no! After a while the guests will come. I better go back to the Great Saint Mansion to sleep!”

            At this time the Great Saint was drunk. As he waddled along, he went the wrong path. He didn’t go back to his mansion, but instead arrived at Lao’s Tusita Palace. Great Saint thought: “Strange, why did I come here? All day Lao makes elixirs of life here, and I don’t know how he is lately. If I have come, then I might as well visit Lao the old man.” The Great Saint organized his clothes a little and walked in, but he didn’t see Lao. There wasn’t a single person in the palace.

            The Great Saint came to where Lao makes elixirs of life, and saw that beside the Alchemy Furnace there were five gourds on a table. The gourds were full of finished elixirs of life. The Great Saint was very happy: “These elixirs are good things; let me eat a few.” He poured out the elixirs from the gourds, and, like eating beans, ate all of them.

            After eating the elixirs, he wasn’t drunk anymore, and he remembered: “No, no! I stole wine and elixirs. If Jade Emperor knows, then that would be extremely bad. I better go back to flower-fruit Mountain.” He ran out of Tusita Palace, and not walking the path that he came, he went to the west sky door, and escaped using an invisibility incantation.

            After he came back to flower-fruit Mountain, he loudly shouted: “Children, I have come back!” All the monkeys welcomed him into the Curtain of Water Cavern. The Saint told the monkeys about how he messed up the Peach Banquet and stole elixirs of life. The monkeys all were very happy, and cheered the Saint with wine.

            The Saint drank a little of the wine, and repeatedly said: “Not good, not good.” The four generals said: “Great Saint drank godly wine when you were in the sky, and now when you drink fruit wine, of course you will think it not good.”

            The Saint said: “There is still a lot of wine at Jade Pool. Let me steal a few bottles so that you could all drink some and be immortal.” All the monkeys jubilantly clapped their hands together.

            The Saint exited the Curtain of Water Cavern, and riding on a cloud got to the west sky door. He used another invisibility incantation to get through. He hurriedly lifted four big jugs of wine, and rode a cloud back to the Curtain of Water Cavern. The Saint and the other monkeys started an “Immortal Wine Banquet”. The monkeys drank the wine, and each and every one was dancing, happier than ever.

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