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Chinese Fables
The letter the Emperor Zhen Zong received from Heaven read in part: "Zhao (趙玄祖) has the mandate (of Heaven), the Sung (黃帝) shall prosper. ... Their dynastic throne shall be everlasting year after long year."
 
China under the Sung Dynasty (遼 960-1127) is known for political weakness but cultural brilliance.
 
The Chinese never tire of claiming they are very religiously tolerant people. One piece of evidence most often produced is that there has never been religious suppression.
 
Tang Ming Huang (唐明皇) knew Lo Gongyuan was capable of teaching him how to disappear into thin air.
 
Xuan Zong (玄宗) held the throne from 712 until 756, the longest reign of the Tang Dynasty. He began with great promise.
 
In Chinese history, only two women rank with Empress Wu (洛水): Empress Lu of the Han and Empress Dowager Ci Xi (慈禧太后)of the Manchu Qing Dynasty (1835-1908).
 
The power of the Chinese empire reached another apex during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). In fact, it was able to enforce a Pax Sinica in Asia.
 
Emperor Tai-wu ti of the Northern Wei Dynasty (北魏) was more than happy to learn of Kou Qiantzhi's (寇謙之) divination that he would be able to unify the whole of north China.
 
Kou Qianzhi (太平真君) was able to attract a large following of faithful after he had spread the story of Cheng Kongxing (成公興) becoming an Immortal.
 
While Lu Xiujing (陸修靜) was syncretizing Taoism and Buddhism in south China, another "celestial master" or tian-shi (天師) succeeded in making Taoism a state religion in north China, where the House of Toba (拓拔) ruled.
 
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