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In one of history’s most unlikely rises to power, a Chinese peasant brought down the Mongols and established the Ming Dynasty.
The story begins in the 14th century, when the future Hongwu emperor was born as Zhu Chongba, a poor peasant of Haozhou (about 100 miles northwest of Nanjing, near China’s east coast). 437 more words
With his grin and his chubby cheeks, Master He (贺), the only monk in the village, looked like Buddha Maitreya, the smiling Buddha whose statue throned at the entrance of the temple. 827 more words