你有想過，西方神話中的路西法，有一天會化身為女媧煉石補天，阻止大洪水的災難嗎？這就是作家 D.G. Lampaulus 的奇思妙想，他的小說畫集《川里堤與路西法 Trinity & Lucifer 》充滿融合東西方哲學與世界觀的趣味，舉凡以太極的陰陽去解釋伊甸園神話、將《西遊記》的齊天大聖孫悟空與《聖經》中聖子默西亞的故事並置同觀，以及世界各地共同擁有記載的大洪水神話，將這些東西方的傳說、神話與文學經典融為一體，經過消化後轉化為獨特新穎的創作風格。
Fusing Eastern and Western Philosophy and Worldviews: The Confluence of Thought and Culture in Literature
Have you ever considered that Lucifer from Western mythology might one day transform into Nüwa, the goddess who mended the sky with stones and prevented the catastrophe of a great flood? This is the imaginative concept put forth by the author D.G. Lampaulus in his novel collection "Trinity & Lucifer." The collection brims with the intriguing fusion of Eastern and Western philosophy and worldviews, encompassing interpretations like using the Yin and Yang of Tai Chi to explain the Garden of Eden myth, juxtaposing the stories of Sun Wukong from "Journey to the West" with the narrative of the Messianic figure from the Bible, and exploring the global flood myths found across different cultures. Lampaulus intertwines these legends, myths, and literary classics from both East and West, and through digestion, transforms them into a uniquely innovative creative style.
The Contradiction and Coexistence of Gods and Demons: Trinity & Lucifer
在 D.G. Lampaulus 的小說畫集《川里堤與路西法 Trinity & Lucifer 》當中，川里堤是創造宇宙的光明之神，而路西法原為掌管天國的大天使長，但路西法不滿川里堤的權力，起而反抗成為統領地獄的王者。神與魔在傳統觀念中是勢不兩立的，但在作家 D.G. Lampaulus 的巧妙創作下，兩者之間又有著共生共存的關係。
In D.G. Lampaulus's novel collection "Trinity & Lucifer," Trinity is the radiant deity responsible for creating the universe, while Lucifer, once the archangel in charge of heaven, grows discontented with Trinity's authority and rebels to become the ruler of hell. In traditional perspectives, gods and demons are considered inherently opposed, yet through the ingenious narrative of D.G. Lampaulus, these two entities forge a symbiotic coexistence.
The universe operates as a result of equilibrium, where the presence of light necessitates the existence of darkness. Trinity, as the Creator, is well aware that Lucifer, brought into being, will ultimately tread the path of darkness. However, seemingly opposing concepts such as light and darkness, movement and stillness, life and death, should not be in conflict, but rather in harmony. Trinity and Lucifer are akin to light and shadow, upholding the balance of the cosmos; they resemble the energies of two poles, where any extreme leads to annihilation. Hence, finding the balance point is the rule of coexistence for all things.
The Origin of Humanity: Adam and Lilith in the Garden of Eden
在古老的中國，有伏羲和女媧的傳說，相傳他們是人類的始祖。而在西方則有伊甸園的神話，住在裡面的亞當與莉莉斯是人類的第一位男性和女性，在小說《川里堤與路西法 Trinity & Lucifer 》，他們是由川里堤利用泥土所創造的。而由於亞當與莉莉斯是取自太極中的兩儀：陰與陽的自然法則，所以他們與福音天使不同，人類可以創造及繁衍生命。
In ancient China, there is the legend of Fuxi and Nuwa, believed to be the ancestors of humanity. In the Western world, there is the myth of the Garden of Eden, where Adam and Lilith resided as the first male and female humans. In the novel "Trinity & Lucifer," they are created by Trinity using clay. As Adam and Lilith are derived from the dual principles of Yin and Yang in the Tai Chi, they differ from the angelic figures of the Gospel. Humanity can create and propagate life due to this natural law.
在《聖經》的神話中，並沒有提及「太極」與「陰陽」的概念，這是源自於東方傳統的道學。因此作者 D.G. Lampaulus 透過道學去解釋人類的起源，並結合西方伊甸園的神話，成為一套新的敘述方式與故事設定。即使是引述伊甸園的故事，也有濃濃的東方味，這就是 D.G. Lampaulus 創作的特色之一。
The concepts of "Tai Chi" and "Yin Yang" are not mentioned in the mythology of the Bible; rather, they stem from the Eastern tradition of Daoist principles. Hence, author D.G. Lampaulus utilizes Daoist principles to explain the origin of humanity, merging them with the Western myth of the Garden of Eden, creating a new narrative style and story framework. Even when referencing the Eden story, there is a distinct Eastern flavor, showcasing one of the distinctive features of D.G. Lampaulus's writing.
Cultivation and Trials: Sun Wukong and the Messiah
在小說《川里堤與路西法 Trinity & Lucifer 》當中，有兩位人物分別通過人生中重大的考驗而獲得成長：自封齊天大聖，而後成為孫行者的孫悟空，以及以人類之子默西亞的姿態降生人間的川里堤。
In the novel "Trinity & Lucifer," two characters undergo significant trials in their lives, leading to their growth: Sun Wukong, who self-proclaims as the Great Sage Equal to Heaven and later becomes Sun Walker, and Trinity, who takes on the form of the Messiah, born as a human son.
When the great flood approached, the energies of Trinity and Lucifer were once concentrated within a single stone. After countless millennia, a mischievous monkey broke free from the stone, proclaiming itself as the "The Monkey King" and the "Great Sage Equal to Heaven," Sun Wukong. For daring to trespass into heaven, he was subdued under Buddha's Five Finger Mountain, where he trained for six hundred years, eventually receiving the name "Wukong." Later, Xuanzang came and took him on a journey to the West to retrieve sacred scriptures, and Wukong became known as "Sun Walker." Finally realizing that his impulsiveness had caused his predicament, Wukong understood that Buddha's intention was to help him cultivate his character.
Upon witnessing the emergence of Sun Walker, Trinity embarked on his own earthly journey. Born into the most ordinary artisan family, in the humblest of mangers, he came to be known as the "Messiah." It wasn't until the year he turned 30 and was baptized, guided by the Holy Spirit, that he ventured into the wilderness to undergo trials. For 40 days, without food or drink, he successfully navigated Lucifer's temptations and challenges, which only served to strengthen his faith even further.
One is Sun Wukong from the literary classics of the East, and the other is the Messiah, a figure of Western faith. The author intertwines the stories of these two characters who transcend their limitations through self-cultivation and rebirth, implying a mutual reference between them. We can observe that the archetype of the "hero's journey" has appeared in both Eastern and Western cultures, and it's evident that the author endeavors to blend these cultural elements, transforming them into their own distinct creation.
Destruction and Rebirth: The Shared Memory of the Great Flood
無論在世界各地，都有著「洪水神話」的記載：中國有《女媧補天》的神話，西方則有《諾亞方舟》的《聖經》故事。而在《川里堤與路西法 Trinity & Lucifer 》中，這場洪水是由川里堤所主導的，由於人間被路西法控制的墮落天使擾亂了秩序，這場洪水為的是洗滌人間的罪惡和混沌，唯有諾亞族能透過方舟的乘載倖免於難。路西法眼看自己所打造的「失樂園」就要被川里堤毀滅了，於是她化身為巨蛇煉石補天，但川里堤將路西法打回了地獄，同時巨石也被洪水所摧毀。
Across the world, records of "flood myths" can be found: China has the myth of "Nüwa Mending the Sky," while the West has the biblical story of "Noah's Ark." In "Trinity & Lucifer," the flood is orchestrated by Chuanliditi, triggered by the fallen angels under Lucifer's control disrupting the order. This deluge aims to cleanse the world of sin and chaos, with only Noah's family escaping on the Ark. Seeing her crafted "Paradise Lost" threatened by Chuanliditi's flood, Lucifer transforms into a giant serpent to mend the sky with stones, but Trinity sends her back to hell, and the deluge shatters the stones as well.
東方傳說中的「女媧」是人首蛇身，正好符合路西法此時的形象，加上川里堤與路西法的能量所聚集的巨石，萬年後生出了當時仍是頑猴的孫悟空。可見作者 D.G. Lampaulus 有意將兩個神話與一部文學著作《西遊記》混合在一起，藉由東西方的神話與文學素材，再結合自己虛構的想像故事，轉化成為一種全新的小說創作。
The Eastern legend of "Nüwa," with her human head and serpent body, aligns fittingly with Lucifer's image at that time. Moreover, the colossal stone formed by the convergence of Trinity and Lucifer's energies gives birth to Sun Wukong, who was then just a mischievous monkey, millennia later. It's evident that author D.G. Lampaulus deliberately amalgamated two myths along with the literary work "Journey to the West," combining Eastern and Western mythologies and literary elements with their imaginative narrative to craft an entirely novel form of novel creation.
Fusion of Western Philosophy and Eastern Daoist principles: From Dualistic Opposition to Yin-Yang Balance
從以上的例子我們可以發現，無論是東西方的各種神話、傳說、故事或文學創作，作者 D.G. Lampaulus 都有意識地將東西方的哲學、思想與文化融合在一起，轉化為自己的創作內容，並藉此展現自己作品中獨特的世界觀。就像故事中的川里堤與路西法兩大主角，可以代表遠古神話、宗教及藝術中的角色；但祂們同時亦可以代表宇宙間正負極的能量、大自然陰陽間的變化、你和我內心同時潛藏的善惡面。這兩股看似二元對立的事物或力量，應該像是陰與陽一般的存在，必須要平衡共存，才能令萬物繁衍及運作。
From the examples above, we can discern that in various myths, legends, stories, and literary creations from both Eastern and Western traditions, author D.G. Lampaulus deliberately interweaves the philosophies, thoughts, and cultures of both worlds, transforming them into his own creative content and thereby showcasing his unique worldview. Just like the two central figures, Trinity and Lucifer, in the story, they can represent characters from ancient myths, religion, and art; however, they can also symbolize the positive and negative energies in the universe, the oscillations of Yin and Yang in nature, and the dual aspects of goodness and evil inherent within each of us. These seemingly dichotomous entities or forces should exist akin to the presence of Yin and Yang, necessitating a harmonious coexistence to enable the proliferation and functioning of all things.
為何作者要融合東西文化來創作呢？因為他一直相信「大道至簡」，所有東方與西方的哲學、信仰、天文、藝術都是相通且一脈相承的，而大自然與宇宙間的運行是與人類身體互相聯繫的。 D.G. Lampaulus 希望透過《川里堤與路西法 Trinity & Lucifer 》這本小說畫集，領悟宇宙萬物給我們的啟示，並反思我們生命的價值。
Why did the author choose to merge Eastern and Western cultures in his creation? It's because he consistently believed in the principle of "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." He saw a connection and continuity between the philosophies, beliefs, astronomy, and arts of both East and West, and recognized the interconnectedness between the natural world, the cosmos, and the human body. Through "Trinity & Lucifer," D.G. Lampaulus aspired to glean insights from the revelations the universe offers us, while prompting us to reflect on the value of our lives.