孙悟空三打白骨精. It retains the broad outline of Xuanzang's own account, Great Tang Records on the Western Regions, but the Ming dynasty novel adds elements from folk tales and the author's invention, that is, that Gautama Buddha gave this task to the monk and provided him with three protectors who agree to help him as an atonement for their sins. These disciples are Sun Wukong, Zhu Bajie and Sha Wujing, together with a dragon prince who acts as Xuanzang's steed, a white horse.
Priest Genjo (Xuanzang) from Chinese novel 'Xiyouji', seated on white horse with his three companions: (L-R) Sha Wujing, Sun Wukong and Zhu Baijie; each holding weapon. Ink and colours on silk. Painted by: Ohara Donshu (大原呑舟). Culture/period Edo Period (late). Date 1800-1880
Journey to the West 西遊記 - Classical Chinese literature written by Wu Cheng'en in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty. The novel is a fiction story of The monk Tang Shang who travelled to the "Western Regions" during the Tang Dynasty, to obtain sacred texts (sūtras). The bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara (Guanyin), on instruction from the Buddha, gives this task to the monk and his three protectors disciples Sun Wukong, Zhu Bajie and Sha Wujing and a dragon prince who acts as a white horse.