All Kings, Emperors and Chairmen are given authority to rule and govern China, but only on the sufferance of the Jade Emperor and his Heavenly ministers.
Should an Emperor fail in his duty or ignore the decrees of Heaven, the Mandate of Heaven will be taken away. Usually to the accompaniment of earthquakes, floods and plagues of comets.
You may scoff, but it happened as recently as 1976.
Mandate of Heaven Facts and Figures
Name: Mandate of Heaven
Pronunciation: Tee-yen Meeng
Alternative names: T'ien-Ming, Tian-Ming, Tianming
Gender: Sorry, we don't know
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
Role: Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
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Article last revised on September 25, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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