After the Han Dynasty, Confucian culture gradually became orthodox. Although there is no lack of the introduction of ghosts and spirits in ancient books, in the writings of orthodox scholars, they still hold Confucius’s attitude of “respecting ghosts and gods and keeping away from them”, and mostly avoid talking about them.
Therefore, in the official history, in addition to the introduction of the emperor’s background, basically do not talk about any strange power. However, there are exceptions. For example, when it comes to the death of Chai Rong of Zhou Shizong, some people think it has something to do with a child with an unknown origin.
Under Zhou Shizong, there was an able man named Wang Pu. Wang puben was a scholar. He worked under Zhou Shizong for several years and helped Zhou Shizong formulate various court rituals, criminal names and laws.
Wang Pu was also a gifted militarist. He had been in charge of military affairs for only four years. But in just four years, Wang Pu helped Zhou Shizong capture Huainan and unify Jiangbei. He had high prestige in the army.
As the most powerful general under Zhou Shizong, Zhao Kuangyin was very afraid of the Privy envoy (Wang Pu’s position). After Wang Pu’s death, Zhou Shizong built a court of meritorious officials in the imperial palace to worship Wang Pu’s portrait. Soon, Zhou Shizong also died.
The next year, Zhao Kuangyin established the Northern Song Dynasty. One day, he passed through the Gongchen Pavilion of the Imperial Palace and opened the doors and windows, revealing a picture hanging in the middle of the door. As soon as Zhao Kuangyin saw it, he immediately stopped, straightened out his clothes, and bowed respectfully before leaving.
Some generals don’t understand. They say that Wang Pu is just a minister of the former dynasty. Your majesty is the son of heaven. How can you salute him? Zhao Kuangyin pointed to his Dragon Robe and said, “if this man is here, I can’t wear this robe.” It can be seen how Zhao Kuangyin revered Wang Pu!
Soon, Zhou Shizong also died. The next year, Zhao Kuangyin established the Northern Song Dynasty. One day, he passed through the Gongchen Pavilion of the Imperial Palace and opened the doors and windows, revealing a picture hanging in the middle of the door.
As soon as Zhao Kuangyin saw it, he immediately stopped, straightened out his clothes, and bowed respectfully before leaving. Some generals don’t understand. They say that Wang Pu is just a minister of the former dynasty. Your majesty is the son of heaven. How can you salute him?
Zhao Kuangyin pointed to his Dragon Robe and said, “if this man is here, I can’t wear this robe.” It can be seen how Zhao Kuangyin revered Wang Pu!
However, the most important reason why Wang Pu became a legend of the Five Dynasties is his understanding of astronomical phenomena. Wang Pu’s prediction of the weather and wind direction is closely related to his many victories in the next week. It is even rumored that Wang Pu had been helped by God and man and had the ability to call the wind and rain. After all, rumors are rumors. However, Wang Pu always pays attention to astrology and climate, and knows more about astronomy and geography than ordinary people. That’s for sure.
Zhou Shizong was talented and vigorously carried out reforms during his reign, which changed the short-sightedness and tyranny of the former kings. It can be said that it is precisely because of Zhou Shizong that Zhao Kuangyin successfully ended the chaotic situation of Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms. Unfortunately, after only seven years in office, Zhou Shizong died of a sudden illness, and his efforts for many years were in vain.
Why did Zhou Shizong die suddenly?
In the spring of 959 ad, Zhou Shizong sent Wang Pu to inspect the bianshui river. When inspecting the river, Wang Pu found a very strange phenomenon.
Wang Pu is also a man of wide knowledge, but when he saw the vision, Wang Pu panicked and went back to the capital to the palace to meet Zhou Shizong.
After seeing Zhou Shizong, Wang Pu put forward that what he reported was related to the state of great Zhou, and asked Zhou Shizong to let others withdraw. Zhou Shizong was dubious, but he did.
Wang Pu is very flustered, originally a talented person turned into a stammer, only know repeatedly said: “the disaster soon.” There will be a catastrophe in the next week. Zhou Shizong didn’t believe it. What’s the matter with Wang Pu? He was so impolite.
Wang Pu saw that Zhou Shizong didn’t believe himself and said, “I’m afraid I can’t help saying that Yuan Xiang is very different.” The so-called “Yuanxiang” is actually the astronomical phenomena and astrological phenomena. Zhou Shizong was surprised. The ancients believed in the theory of celestial phenomena. In fact, for thousands of years, there are too many things that can’t be explained by common sense. It’s not a simple superstition.
Wang Pu calmed down a little and said, “it’s in the clan, your majesty. And I’ll take it first. ” This matter is very important. It will affect the national destiny of the Zhou Dynasty. Even your majesty, you can’t avoid it, and Wang Pu will encounter an accident first. Wang Pu was worried that he couldn’t say it well, so he invited Zhou Shizong to accompany him to the bianshui River to watch with his own eyes.
In the evening, Zhou Shizong put on his ordinary clothes, without a bodyguard, and Wang Pu quietly walked out of the imperial city and went to bianshui. Out of the city, continue on until you reach Wuzhang river.
The Wuzhang river was originally a canal excavated in the Later Zhou Dynasty, with a width of about 16.6 meters. Zhou Shizong looked around, and there was nothing unusual. Wang Pu told Zhou Shizong to wait patiently. It’s still early. The city is full of lights and people. It’s estimated that something will happen in the middle of the night.
All around was silence, only the chirping of insects could be heard one after another. After a long time, until midnight, suddenly, Wang Pu stood up and said nervously, “does your majesty see the river across the bank like a fishing lantern?”
Zhou Shizong fixed his eyes and saw that there was a little light in the sky, just like the light on a fishing boat. However, I saw that the light was moving rapidly, getting bigger and bigger, flying closer from the horizon.
The light of the fire moved so fast that it seemed to be on the other side in the blink of an eye. At this time, when you look at the fishing fire, it is as big as a wheel. The strangest thing is that there seems to be a villain standing on the fire!
The fire wheel suddenly slowed down and moved slowly to the emperor and officials of Zhou Shizong. The fire wheel became bigger and bigger. When it was near, it blocked the sky and even the moonlight. In the wheel of fire, a monster, like a three-year-old child, was pointing at Zhou Shizong with his fingers. What was he saying.
Wang Pu pulled Zhou Shizong in a hurry and said, “Your Majesty, do obeisance quickly!” Zhou Shizong was originally the emperor of a country. When he saw the scene, he had no idea. Where does the unknown wheel of fire and the unknown villain come from? Zhou Shizong could only kneel down and salute.
After Zhou Shizong saluted, the fire wheel gradually left, and in the blink of an eye, it reached the horizon, like a meteor, disappeared in the air.
Seeing Zhou Shizong’s paralysis on the ground, Wang Pu’s face was full of tears and said, “Your Majesty has seen it and there is no reply.” Indeed, for that time, heaven’s vision was to punish the emperor.
A few days later, Wang Pu passed the former Prime Minister Li Gu’s house and went in to say goodbye to Li Gu. Then he suddenly died on his seat without any sign.
When Zhou Shizong saw Wang Pu’s death, he was very frightened. However, he had to fight for the greatest possibility and leave his son a stable country.
Therefore, Zhou Shizong ignored the opposition of the court ministers and sent troops to attack Liao in March. At that time, the Later Zhou Dynasty was powerful, with many famous generals, and its military was unprecedentedly powerful. Although it suffered a small setback, it basically defeated the enemy in succession and defeated the army of the northern Han Dynasty and the Liao state many times.
Originally, the Later Zhou Dynasty could take back the land of Youyan and drive Liao out of the Central Plains. Unexpectedly, at the end of May, Zhou Shizong suddenly fell ill. In desperation, Zhou Shizong could only return to Beijing. Ten days later, on June 19, Zhou Shizong died of illness.
The event of this article comes from the memoir by Wang Zi, a famous scholar in the Northern Song Dynasty. “Siku Quanshu Zongshu abstract” in the evaluation: “familiar with anecdotes, according to the number of people.”
I really appreciate Wang Zhi’s erudition and rigorous academic spirit. This record is not groundless. Of course, Wang Zi has his own views on huolunxiao.
According to Wang Zhi and other scholars of Song Dynasty, the great song dynasty prospered by fire, and the king and his ministers of Zhou Shizong met with huolunxiao (huodexingjun, Huoshen), and soon died, which is a sign of the prosperity of Zhao and Song dynasties.
In fact, this explanation is very unreasonable. In all kinds of Historical Biographies, the palaces of the Song Dynasty were burned too many times to see the protection of the God of fire.
From a modern perspective, is HuoTuo the alien on the flying saucer. As for Wang Pu and Zhou Shizong, did they die normally (such as myocardial infarction, heart failure), or were they infected with a special alien virus (radiation)? ）I don’t know.