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Author: Caoimhe Ní Chaoimh & MJ Stokes

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Journey to the West is one of the most influential books ever written and has inspired countless stories, but is quite obscure in the West. Caoimhe Ní Chaoimh hosts a lighthearted chapter by chapter discussion of the novel with her friend, comedian MJ Stokes. New episodes come out every second Wednesday.
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Caoimhe and MJ talk about the novel Journey to the West and why they wanted to make a podcast about the incredibly famous novel that no one has heard of.Links:Wikipedia's article on adaptations of Journey to the West.Episode artwork from A Modern Journey to the West (1865) by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
Caoimhe & MJ discuss the first chapter of Journey to the West and get side tracked by laser eyes and what exactly the word "unicorn" is a translation of.Links:Qilins on Wikipedia.Zheng He's treasure voyages on Wikipedia.A specific section of the Wikipedia article on Buddhist cosmology.Episode artwork is a painting of a 1666 painting of a Qilin by Kanō Tannyū, as photographed by Sailko.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
Some spoilers for The Good Place between 3:18 and 04:45 when we discuss some existential issues.Other than that Caoimhe & MJ discuss the second chapter of Journey to the West, immortality, unwholesome meats and the Epic of Gilgamesh being gay.Links:BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time - Epic of Gilgamesh.Chinese Units of measurement on Wikipedia.Wu Cheng'en on Wikipedia.Brian O'Nolan/Flann O'Brian/Myles na gCopaleen on Wikipedia.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
Content warning for intimidation and threats of violence throughout the episode and for brief mentions of alcohol and drinking between about 23:00 to 23:40.Caoimhe & MJ discuss the third chapter of Journey to the West, in which Sun Wukong goes a bit too far.Links:Episode artwork from A Modern Journey to the West (1865) by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi.Yu the Great on Wikipedia.Great Flood (China) on Wikipedia.How the Milky Way Got Its Name.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
Caoimhe & MJ discuss the fourth chapter of Journey to the West, in which Sun Wukong demands a promotion.As usual expect fights and violence throughout the episode and the episode also has some digressions that briefly touch on phrenology between 20:15 and 22:47 and a joke about BDSM sex practises at 26:08 and 28:00.Links:Episode artwork from A Modern Journey to the West (1865) by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi.Giant Buddha, Giant Ears on National Geographic.Throwing Embroidered Ball on Omeida.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.I forgot about it while recording the episode but embroidered balls specifically as a courtship ritual will show up again in a future chapter.
This episode features repeated mentions of alcohol and a character getting drink between about 16:30 and 22:00.Otherwise Caoimhe & MJ discuss the finer points of how to work with narcissists as the Monkey King continues to cause trouble in Heaven.Links:Kumis on Wikipedia.The Barefoot Immortal on Wikipedia.Episode artwork from Peach Blossom Study by Shen Zhou.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
Caoimhe & MJ stokes talk about chapter six of Journey to the West, featuring a battle of the gods, a shapeshifting duel and avian slut shaming.Links:Erlang Shen on Wikipedia.Bustard on Wikipedia.Episode artwork from Gujin Tushu Jicheng via Wikimedia Commons.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
Caoimhe & MJ about chapter seven of Journey to the West, featuring Caoimhe mispronouncing things.The episode starts off with capital punishment including attempts to burn someone to death. That lasts up until about 06:00.Urination features at 14:35 and 15:05.Discussions of caffeine withdrawal and sensory overload lead to jokes about cannibalism between 7:30 and 9:35.We had trouble staying on topic during this recording. If you think the tangent we go on about Irish at the end is rambling you should hear everything I edited out.This was recorded a couple of weeks ago. Coming back to it to edit and upload it, especially in light of current events, we touch on the idea of colonialism in Ireland and this topic is often used to dismiss both historical and current suffering of minorities in the United States, in Ireland, and elsewhere. The Irish slave myth is just that: a myth. Black lives matter and the suffering of black people shouldn't be ignored. I'm sorry for not having this statement in the actual episode itself. I'll add one to the start of the next episode.Links:Auṃ maṇi padme hūṃ on WikipediaLearn the Irish language on Duolingo if you want to I guess?Episode artwork is a painting of Buddha I got off Wikimedia Commons with very little detail as to the source, but which the title claims is 15th C Ming Dynasty.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
JotMK #8 - Diss Tracks

JotMK #8 - Diss Tracks

2020-07-0138:09

This episode features discussion of punishment throughout, including corporal and capital punishment. It also explicitly mentions torture at about 12:00 and features mention of sexual assault, primarily at about 23:35.Journey of the Monkey King will be taking a break for a few weeks. Please take care in the meantime!Links:Episode artwork is a 16th century painting of Guanyin by Qiu Zhu.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
Today we meet a monk named Xuanzang and find out the circumstances of his birth and early life. It's not a particularly happy story.This episode is quite a dark one and features murder, suicide, attempted infanticide, capital punishment, dismemberment, disembowelment and forced marriage. In addition it's all humans doing this to each other rather than godly beings, which I think makes it feel a bit more real. For me anyway.I mispronounced Yin Wenjiao's name for the entire episode, even more than I usually butcher the names. There should be an "n" in her name and I completely missed it. Whoops.Links:Episode artwork taken from this article. Original source unknown.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
We take a break from chapters to give you a clip of Caoimhe on MJ's show, They Did What Now, where we talk about the real life monk Xuanzang, who this novel is fan fiction of. Yes really.Links:The map we reference in the episode can be found here. It's the one labelled Xuanzang.You can watch the full episode on the Hysteria Ireland Facebook page.Episode artwork is a Kamakura period Japanese painting of Xuanzang.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
MJ and Caoimhe talk about some differences between the real and fiction monk Xuanzang and his relationship to the Tang dynasty.We'll continue the plot with chapter 10 next week, I promise.Links:Episode artwork is a Tang era portrait of Emperor Tang Taizong.The First Woman to Translate the 'Odyssey' Into English from the New York Times.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
This episode features death, threats and capital punishment as part of the plot for the whole chapter as well as a couple gruesome ways to die at about 1:30 and the topic drifts to drugs briefly and 9:30 and 19:30.This week we return to the plot, but not to the Monkey King or Xuanzang. We head to Chang'an to meet a fisherman, a woodman and an emperor.Links:The tweets about Emily Dickinson and metre - 1, 2Episode artwork is a 1776 map of Weiyang Palace in Chang'an by Bi YuanFollow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
This week Caoimhe and MJ get very mad at ghost capitalism.This episode features the torture of the souls of the dead, particularly starting about 14:45. And a story that involves suicide and abuse at 33:30.Links:MJ's live show, Token Cis, with Hysteria in the Dublin Fridge Festival.The Xuanwu Gate Incident, Emperor Tang Taizong's coup.The intro to BBC's Monkey.The eviction case mentioned in the episode.Episode artwork is a painting of unknown author from 13th century China.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
This episode features death prominently and the suicide mentioned in the previous chapter continues to be central plot for this chapter. Corporeal punishment is also mentioned at about 14:20.Links:Fu Yi, Xiaou Yu, Wu Daozi and the Xiangguo Temple all have their own Wikipedia articles.Episode artwork is a painting of Guanyin by Wu Daozi.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
In today's episode Caoimhe is recovering from a concussion and instead of doing a normal episode she decided to read an automatically generated transcription of the previous episode. As such it covers the same topics as the previous episode, including death, suicide and corporeal punishment. Alcohol, alcoholism and drug use also come up.Links:Podscribe, the automated transcription service whose transcript we are reading.Neural network generated recipes.A showcase of the voice acting from The House of the Dead 2.Episode artwork is a Qing era painting by Sun Wen depicting a scene from the novel Dream of the Red Chamber.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
Let's get this show on the road. Tripitaka heads out on his pilgrimage. This episode features death and cannibalism as well as animal death.Links:Black Myth: Wukong trailerEpisode artwork is an illustration of a tiger from Song era medical textbook, 1159 CE.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
JotMK #14 - He's Back

JotMK #14 - He's Back

2020-10-0141:20

The Monkey King is back and I'm sure he'll have no issues taking orders from a lifelong vegetarian pacifist monk.This episode features animal death around 12:00 to 13:50, human death around 26:00 and torture/corporeal punishment around 35:00 to 36:30.Links:Āyatana on Wikipedia.Episode artwork from A Modern Journey to the West.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
Monkey and Tripitaka need to cross the Eagle Grief Stream.This episode features animal death within the first five minutes and repeated threats of beatings at various characters.Links:Episode artwork from a Ming Dynasty medical textbook.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
Sun Wukong and Tripitaka decide to spend the night at the Guanyin Chan Hall Temple, where nothing could possibli go wrong.This episode has arson, attempted murder, suicide and more use of the magical torture headband.Links:Suiren on Wikipedia.Episode artwork is a photo of a Qing Dynasty Taoist robe. I admit the art I'm using for a lot of these episodes is only very tenuously connected to the episode itself.Follow Caoimhe, MJ and this podcast on Twitter, follow MJ on Instagram and follow Caoimhe on the Fediverse.Check out Hysteria Ireland on Facebook.
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