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How accurate is the depiction of the Jade Emperor in "Journey to the West"?

In the 16th-century Chinese classic Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en, the Jade Emperor is depicted as ruling over Heavens the way an actual human emperor would rule over a country. Complaints are ...
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How did the Monkey King (Sun Wukong) go from fictional character to religious icon?

Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, seems to have got his start as a fictional character in the classical novel "Journey to the West" by Wu Cheng'en (though I have read a vague statement somewhere that ...
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What do all the treasures Sun Wukong got from the Dragon Kings do?

I tried to look for information on them, but I can't find anything. Are they just strong pieces of armor or do they grant him special abilities?