The Chinese Exploration Tale of the Primeval Heaven is still popular with some people. It talks about a warrior named Ch’ang-t’ai. This “Chinese Explorer” in fact is a fictional figure in the book of Journey to the West, better known as the Lotus Sutra.
The Real Story Of Ch’ang-t’ai And Other Exploration Tale Of China
According to legend, the story was penned by a monk named
He became famous in his own time because of his journeys to the Kingdom of the Song in the province of Kuo-yang-chou. And He was also a sort of officer called “the third prince of the celestial kingdom”. He was sent by the emperor as one of the generals of the Ming army.
The discovery made by Ch’ang-t’ai came in the Province of Min. He came across the Song dynasty capital. The Emperor and Empress had built their palace on an island in the middle of the lake. Ch’ang-t’ai first explored the palace but only found dead animals lying on the island.
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On hearing that the dead animals were actually those of huge animals, he asked if there were such beasts. The Empress said there were large reptiles but Ch’ang-t’ai had trouble telling this to the general. Once the general realized that there were actually snakes in the Palace, he killed all the people inside and took all the dead animals, together with the Emperor’s crown.
Later, when the Empress died, the Empress was buried in the imperial palace. For a long time, all the creatures in the city including the birds, fishes, and animals in the palace were dead. However, the emperor had overlooked the fact that the Emperor had already been interred.
When the general noticed this, he thought it was not good and dug up the dead animals and brought them to the general. However, he thought that it was wrong to dig up the dead creatures. The general, however, had learned a lot from the stories that were passed down through the generations. So he told the general that those things were in fact the remains of the Emperor’s dead body.
The General believed him and began digging up all the dead animals in the imperial palace and they found a golden chain with some gold on it. Ch’ang-t’ai was not too happy about this and went out to find out where the general was going. In the end, he found the general dead at the general’s own hands.
Ch’ang-t’ai and his companion went back home and showed all the tales of the land that they had discovered to the emperor. They showed the emperor a great marvel and the emperor ordered the general to dig a tunnel and send someone to find out what the general was digging up. When the general returned, he asked Ch’ang-t’ai if he knew what happened to the dead animals in the palace.
The general told the emperor that he had uncovered the dead bodies of snakes. The emperor became mad and ordered the general to bring the dead snakes to the emperor. At this point, Ch’ang-t’ai realized that he had been tricked.
As a result, he decided to dig a tunnel and send someone to the imperial palace to report what he had found. Ch’ang-t’ai made a report of his findings and asked his two companions to accompany him back to the Imperial Palace. When the two companions returned, they told the emperor about the royal snakes.
The emperor was quite enraged by this discovery and ordered the General to bring back the dead animals and keep them in his quarters. The two companions did not go to the imperial palace. Ch’ang-t’ai stayed back and, one day had a dream in which he met an old lady and asked her for a stone that would open the gate to Paradise.