Talk:Ruyi Jingu Bang

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Weight inconsistency[edit]

This article says its weight translates to 8100 kg then in the next sentence that its weight translates to 8500kg. Which is it? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.104.247.86 (talk) 21:23, 11 February 2011 (UTC)

the novels are famous for 1 thing. there inconsistancy. which considering how the chapters jump from 1 time to another i guess is not a major thing. as for the weight issue though the only logical assumption is that as its size increase so to does the mass meaning that when its super long/wide it would weight 8500kg where as a normal staff is proball closer to the 8100kg. either way more than enough to kill a man and knock downa demon if it was swung at them. 152.91.9.153 (talk) 00:58, 12 June 2012 (UTC)

Tracking this down, relevant edits are:

03:40, 18 May 2011 by 98.223.27.239 : Added "/17,820 lbs"
03:40, 29 December 2010 and 03:43, 29 December 2010 by 66.203.239.201 : Changed to "in modern measurements, it is slightly heavier than 8.5 metric tons"
20:14, 12 May 2010 by 98.223.27.239 : Added "(8,100 kg)"
06:22, 26 April 2009 by 60.238.148.135 : Added "(weighing "13,500 jīn")"
13:25, 25 March 2008 by Ryukaiel : Added "It is immensely heavy; in modern measurements, it is slightly weightier than 7.5 metric tons, which is why it is feared by many deities and demons as the ultimate beating weapon to be killed by."

None are sourced and the only registered user involved was last active 5 years ago. 60.238.148.135's contributions seem reasonable, so I am changing the text to read:

It is immensely heavy, weighing "13,500 jīn" (8,100 kg/17,800 lbs).
But a source is desired. -- ToE 11:53, 21 August 2013 (UTC)
I have added a more accurate weight for the staff based on historical units of measure. --Ghostexorcist (talk) 16:38, 30 January 2014 (UTC)


Date of Publication[edit]

It sounds like inconsiderate national jingoism on behalf of the Japanese to say something like they have a "predecessor" of Journey to the West, even going so far to say it dates back to the 13th century.

I thought Journey to the West is published in 16th century?


Identity as a Pillar[edit]

Can anyone clarify whether the JinguBang was actually supporting something like a pillar normally would, or is it just called a pillar only because of its shape, not its function? I thought the latter was the case, being stuck in the bottom of the sea, used to be used by the deity Bangu to measure the depth of floods and roll the lands flat. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 180.64.166.224 (talk) 16:39, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

It doesn't support anything. It is just described as a pillar (I've suggested elsewhere that this could have been based on the famous Delhi Iron Pillar). I believe the notion that it supported the milky way galaxy is based on a mistranslation from the W.J.F. Jenner edition. --Ghostexorcist (talk) 20:50, 31 August 2014 (UTC)