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The Beggar Emperor – “China: Its History and Culture” – Morton, W. Scott

April 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · China, History, Power, Religion

From beggar to emperor, the rise of Zhu Yuanzhang (1328-1398), founder of the Ming, or “Brilliant,” dynasty, outdistances most modern success stories on the theme of rags to riches. Son of a landless farm laborer and early left an orphan, Zhu was forced to beg and for a time entered a Buddhist monastery, as much for physical as for spiritual sustenance. But the connection of poor peasants with Buddhism was not merely fortuitous, for they were buoyed up in their desperation by millenarian hopes raised by that religion. Zhu soon left the monastery and organized his own band of rebels in Anhui province. He worked in conjunction with the secret society known as the Red Turbans, whose leader claimed to be an incarnation of Maitreya Buddha, the Messiah of Buddhism. Zhu made rapid progress, capturing Nanjing and by 1364 establishing himself as the major power in central China.

It’s history like this that explains why the CCP is so bizarrely paranoid about Falun Gong…

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