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PizDoff
6/27/2008 1:53am,
Deadly clicks: Shaolin Temple sets up eBay-style shop

SHANGHAI (AFP) - Between perfecting one-finger handstands and single-handedly fending off 1,000 enemies at once, the residents of China's Shaolin Temple are hawking t-shirts, candles and chopsticks online.

The temple in central Henan province, famous as the birthplace of kung fu, has established an eBay-style store selling Shaolin branded merchandise on China's TaoBao auction site.

The site is operated by Shaolin Zhiye, the temple's commercial arm, which is behind an array of ventures exploiting the Shaolin legend, including film productions, touring martial arts shows and even a reality-TV program.

The site does not offer the secrets of immortality but for 10,000 yuan (1,450 dollars), fans can buy a three-volume set of kung-fu and medical secrets.

More modest offerings include a wristband and environmentally-friendly chopsticks.

Despite their name, critics say, the temple's current occupants are not genuine Shaolin monks because the spiritual side of their art has been replaced by crass commercialism.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/080625/oddities/entertainment_china_internet_offbeat

Sounds like the real kung fu!

Steve
6/27/2008 1:57am,
I think you mean "Reel kung fu."

socratic
6/27/2008 3:32am,
I thought it was common knowledge that the at least some of the Shaolin Temple was a tourist trap? Like, someone in China figured out kung-fu wannabes would go "HOLY **** SHAOLIN!" and pay to see shows and demos and whatnot.

Same sorta thing as the travelling Shaolin shows (which are freakin' sweet), as far as I've been told. Money making venture more than a spiritualism thing.

Madgrenade
6/27/2008 7:10am,
Doesn't the Shaolin temple have rides now?

DerAuslander
6/27/2008 7:16am,
*scribbles notes furiously*

need e-bay account....
temple merchandise...
take on 1000 dudes...

Rubberduck
6/28/2008 11:45am,
Errant, next youŽll put up your own "Shaolin Monk Escort Service", right?

WorldWarCheese
6/28/2008 3:33pm,
I actually visited the Shaolin Temple during a tour near the school I stayed at in China. I got a "Pee Boy" which is a clay Chinese boy with a giant head that you fill with water, and when you pour hot water over it the penis shoots water up a foot away. (I actually got 3, they made awesome presents).

bitparity
6/28/2008 7:21pm,
I'm going to the temple next month on a tour. Should I double leg one of them during a demo and then ground n slap?

ZenOfAnger
6/28/2008 10:14pm,
I'm going to the temple next month on a tour. Should I double leg one of them during a demo and then ground n slap?


I dunno. Their iron palm technique could **** you up bad if you shot for their legs to try a ground n slap. Best to stick with tiger claws to the chest and head area whilst in a frontward stance.

P.S.

I want one of those "pee boys". Buy one for me and I'll pay you back what it cost. Just bring the receipt so I know you aren't cheating me out of my money.

socratic
6/28/2008 10:27pm,
Bitparity- they'd probably Sanda your ass.

TheMightyMcClaw
6/28/2008 11:20pm,
Bitparity- they'd probably Sanda your ass.

Seconded. Contrary to the image they try to present, a lot of Shaolin members can actually fight.

Kentucky Fried Chokin
6/29/2008 1:25am,
Only one way to find out which ones. Choose wisely bitparity.

socratic
6/29/2008 5:58am,
Seconded. Contrary to the image they try to present, a lot of Shaolin members can actually fight.

Well, at least some of them can. If the interview on Craig Furgesson was correct, people can go and train with the Sanda team (I really wanna get that book, American Shaolin), and thus 'fighting monks' do exist, but they're not quite the same as the ultrabuddhist ones or the tourist trap ones.

fightin Penguin
6/29/2008 8:13am,
YAH COMMERCIALISM!!!!!!! And people say China is still Communist...

DerAuslander
6/29/2008 10:37am,
Fighting monks...check...

Ultrabuddhist monks....check...

Tourist trap monks?!?

How do?

Darkenedaqua
6/29/2008 11:26am,
At least China is practicing Capitalism.