The Dark World in the Founding of the Ming Dynasty with Dr. Sarah Schneewind (UC San Diego)
The Ming dynasty was founded in 1368 and called “Bright.” The emperor was called “The
Son of Heaven,” meaning that as long as he governed rightly he would enjoy the support of
Heaven and Earth, high and benevolent gods who were the parents of all the people. But
the Ming dynasty also relied on some very dark spiritual forces, as this talk will show.