When we left our story last, the Monkey King had arrived at the 'Cave of the Slanting Moon'! Here lived an immortal, the Master Puti. However, the cave door was shut tight. How to get in? The Monkey King didn’t quite dare to knock, so he climbed up a pine tree and began to play. After a while, the door opened a crack. And from inside, out stepped an immortal youth.
“Who is out here, messing about?”
美猴王立刻从树上跳了下来，向仙童鞠了个躬说：“我不是来胡闹的！ 听说这儿住着一位神仙 －我是来拜师的！” “啊”仙童笑到，“我家师父是说外面来了个求学的人…想必就是你咯？” “是的，是，是我！” 美猴王兴奋地跳上跳下！“好吧，随我来”那仙童转身走进洞里。美猴王跟着他往里走，长长的尾巴摆来摆去。没过多久，他们来到了内厅。
The Monkey King quickly leaped down from the tree, bowing to the immortal youth. “I’m not here to mess about! I hear that an immortal lives here – I am here to seek a master!” “Ah”, the immortal youth laughed, “My master did indeed say that there was someone seeking knowledge out here… I guess that someone is you?” “Yes, yes, yes that’s me!” The Monkey King jumped up and down excitedly. “Alright then, follow me”, and the immortal youth turned, walking into the cave. The Monkey King followed, long tail waving to and fro. Before long, they arrived at the inner hall.
And there on a raised dais sat the Master Puti. Around him sat 30 disciples. “Master! Your student has come!” the Monkey King called, loudly. “Oh? Who are you and where do you come from? State your given name!” the Master said. The Monkey King replied, “Master! I hail from Flower Fruit Mountain’s Water Curtain Cave! I have no given name!”
The Master’s eyes flashed, “Chase him away!” he shouted “Liars have no place here!”
The Monkey King knelt down with a thump. “Master, every word I say is true!” “Humph”, said the Master. “There are two whole oceans between Flower Fruit Mountain and here – and it would take 10 years to journey here! What is more, who has no given name?” The Monkey King hurriedly explained: “I have sailed across oceans for more than 10 years to get here! I have no father or mother, as I burst out of a stone! No one has given me a name.”
Hearing this, the Master was secretly pleased, thinking: “He really is a magical monkey!” “Very well” the Master said, “Do rise. I accept you as a disciple”.
Yet, the Monkey King stayed kneeling before the immortal. “Master! Please give me a proper name!” The Master nodded his head. He shut his eyes and calculated… And the stars whispered to him and said:
One day, this monkey’s name will be known throughout the land! And that name, is
And it was as if the Monkey King had heard the words of the stars! “Thank you Master, thank you! From today, I have a real and proper name! I am: SUN WUKONG!”
That’s our story for this week, Panda Cubs! Afterwards, the Monkey King Sun Wukong studied and learned many powers from his Master… but did he manage to learn the secret to everlasting life? We will continue this story, next time!