Chinese Mythology

The Folk Gods and Spirits of the Middle Kingdom

MANDATE OF HEAVEN

Chinese concept

Also known as TIAN-MING, TIANMING, T'IEN-MING

The Divine Right to Rule, awarded by Heaven to Chinese rulers

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: TIAN-MING, TIANMING, T'IEN-MING

Gender: Sorry, we don't know
Type: concept
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 710

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Article last revised on September 25, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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