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Nine-Knobbed Copper Mace


In the Chinese epic, Journey to the West, the nine-knobbed copper mace belongs to the Great King of Miraculous Response, a water demon who captures the priest Sanzang.

Quote from Chapter 49:

"Its nine knobs all are like the buds of flowers
Growing on a sprig of an evergreen plant.
This never was a product of the earthly world,
For it came from the gardens of immortal beings.
Its green and purple fruit matured by the Jade Pool;
Its pure fragrance was formed beside the Nephrite Pond.
Because I worked and tempered it with diligence and skill
It now is hard as steel and miraculously sharp.
Spears, swords and halberds are not its worthy rivals;
Battleaxe and partisan do not dare approach.
No matter how sharp are the prongs of your rake,
If they touch my hammer they'll bend and they'll break."


China, Journey to the West, Mace, Mythology, Weapon


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