I’m trying very hard not to make Monkey a dissertation on Eastern Religion/Philosophy (even on a personal level) since that would completely defeat the purpose of it being a game. Every now and again I’m having to dip into the more intense explanations to explain some of the ideas that the game rests on. For example this morning I’ve written a brief paragraph or two about Buddist and Taoist takes on Sin/Virtue which is are very very very different to western views.
Overall I’d rather people dip their toes in the deeper context of the novel, but have a good time.:)
One site that goes deeply into the Philosophical and Alchemical nature of the book, and discusses, for example, the symbolism of the main characters, is “Inner Journey to the West”.