PIGSYAlso known as ZHU-BAJIE, ZHU-BA-JIE, CHU-PA-CHIEH, PIG
A Pig Spirit, ex-Marshall of the Hosts of Heaven, and one of [TRIPITAKA]'s disciples.
His drunken advances were very unwelcome to the chaste Goddess. She raised such a fuss that armed guards grabbed the drunken Captain and hauled him off to the JADE-EMPEROR. Punishment was swift, and the Marshall found himself kicked out of Heaven.
Landing on Earth, he discovered he'd been turned into a monstrously ugly pig spirit, complete with snout, curly tail and boar-like tusks. This was supposed to teach him a lesson. But it didn't work. His lustful nature multiplied and soon he was reveling in troughs and chasing pretty ladies for all he was worth.
Then along came GUAN-YIN, who offered him salvation — provided he become a Buddhist and help protect the young monk TRIPITAKA. The ex-Marshall of the Heavenly Hosts reluctantly agreed, and adopted the name of PIGSY.
In the company of MONKEY and SANDY, PIGSY traveled to India, carrying TRIPITAKA's baggage and fighting demons along the way. His lustful nature caused many embarrassments, and he fell pray to many of MONKEY's little jokes.
Finally their quest was fulfilled and PIGSY achieved enlightenment. Arriving at Buddhist Heaven, he was rewarded with the title Cleaner of the Holy Altar. That sounds like a very menial job for an ex-Marshall of the Heavenly Hosts, but as BUDDHA explained, thousands of worshippers send offerings to that altar every day.
So now PIGSY gets all the best pickings — and even his enormous appetite is satisfied.
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : Spiritual Being
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Jhoo Bar Jee-yeh
Alternative names : ZHU-BAJIE, ZHU-BA-JIE, CHU-PA-CHIEH, PIG
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