Remember those New Years Resolutions you made about a month ago? Well throw those out the window! That’s some Solar New Year nonsense. Lunar New Year is the New Hotness.
And it’s Year of the Pig, baby!
In Chinese culture, pigs symbolize wealth, so it’s a year of good fortune to all.
THE WORLD FAMOUS EIGHT PRECEPTS PIG
One of the most famous pigs in Chinese culture is Journey to the West‘s Zhu Bajie. This translates to “Eight Precepts Pig.” In English, he is refered to as either “Pig” or “Pigsy.” Zhu Bajie — along with Sha Wujing, Yulong, and the notorious Sun Wukong (the Monkey King) — is one of the helpers of protagonist Tang Sanzhang. He is part human, part pig, and part human-pig, and his main traits are his laziness, his gluttony, and his lust.
He is also tolerant, soft-hearted, optimistic, and in a previous life a great marshal who commanded 80,000 Heavenly Navy Soldiers. After trying to seduce the Goddess to the Moon, he was reported to HR (i.e. the Jade Emperor) and banished from heaven to the galactic Home for Infinite Losers known as Earth. Here is is sentenced to a thousand lives where each life ends in a romantic tragedy.
It should be noted that while most of Bajie’s companions reach enlightenment at the end of Journey to the West, Bajie does not as he is too much a creature of base desires. He gets rewarded, though, with being a “Cleanser of the Altars”, which means a lifelong supply of leftovers.
His primary weapon: a nine-toothed war rake, which he uses to kill many enemy demons by sticking a bunch of holes into their heads.
FUN PIG FACT!
What is a group of pigs called? Apparently there are many ways to refer to them:
- drift (piglets only)
- drove (piglets only)