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SANDY
Also known as SHA-WUJING, SHA-WU-JING, SHA-WU-CHING, MONK-SAND

A Fish Spirit, ex-Marshall of Heaven and disciple of [TRIPITAKA].

As told in Journey To The West, he was once the official in charge of Heavenly banners and ceremonial drapes. One day he accidentally broke the JADE-EMPEROR's favorite crystal dish. As punishment, he was chucked out of Heaven, transformed into an Earth-bound fish spirit, tormented with flying swords and generally made extremely miserable.

Life wasn't easy for fish spirits in those days, particularly ones as monstrous and ugly as him. SANDY barely scraped a living in the River of Sands by munching the flesh of the occasional passing peasant. He became morose, philosophical and a frightful pessimist.

A chance to redeem himself came when GUAN-YIN, looking for heroic candidates to assist TRIPITAKA, persuaded him to become a Buddhist. He embraced the faith and adopted the name Sandy Monk. Then it was adventures all the way to India in the company of MONKEY and PIGSY.

SANDY's special jobs were leading the horse, which he did with much devotion, and fighting demons, which he did with much complaint. When at last the quest was over, he achieved enlightenment and was rewarded the title 'Golden Bodied Arhat'. He now spends his time in Buddhist Heaven practicing austerities.

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Article last updated on 15 April 2004
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT SANDY : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : SANDY
Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : Spiritual Being
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Sshar Woo Jeeng
Alternative names : SHA-WUJING, SHA-WU-JING, SHA-WU-CHING, MONK-SAND
Popularity index : 447

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