Chapter 141: Human Skin, Devils and Demons (Part One)
There was a broken temple about 35 kilometers away from Chang’an. This was a temple for worshipping the God of Local Soil, not the Buddha or the Great Wheel Wisdom King.
Without question, non-daoist temples wouldn’t be prosperous in Great Sui, and perhaps the God of Local Soil got angry and moved.
Afterward, the people in the village nearby who needed material for construction would come here to take some. Gradually, this temple only had four broken walls left.
The empires that dominated this land before Great Sui was named Great Zheng, and that royal family had the last name of Wang. It was different from the Wang Family in Yangtze-South.
That empire collapsed after 400 years.
Great Sui and Great Zheng had one similarity; they were both not interested in the Buddhist Sect.
The difference was that Great Zheng still tolerated the Buddhist Sect, and there were monks from the west who came into the region to spread Buddhism. Although Buddhism didn’t prosper here, it was able to stay.
After Great Zheng was conquered, the First Emperor of Great Sui expelled all monks, extinguishing Buddhism from the region.
It was heard that the First Emperor of Great Sui disliked monks since the Buddhist Sect helped Great Zheng when he first rebelled. How could an aggressive man like the First Emperor of Great Sui tolerate that?
This was why the people of Buddhist Sect said that Great Sui was a place where devils and demons ran loose. The monks who finally built a few buddhist temples were kicked out, and they were beat if they hesitated.
This temple wasn’t related to the Buddhist Sect, but it was affected by it.
Before Heaven-Bless Emperor Yang Yi came into power, Great Sui was an atheist society.
Yang Yi promoted the Daoist Sect after he became the ruler. Before that, the people of Great Sui only worshiped and believed in the emperors of Great Sui. They all believed that the emperors of Great Sui could bring prosperity to them.
The people of Sui were prospering; rich people weren’t overly aggressive, and poor people weren’t overly humble. People didn’t need religion when their lives were great, so the Buddhist Sect couldn’t find a reason to rally up the people to go against the non-existent tyranny. Even though there were still some unfair incidents, the people didn’t get overly upset with the government.
This was a unique period and a unique nation.
After 100 years, even the Great Wheel Wisdom King gave up the idea of spreading Buddhism to Great Sui. Of course, the current Great Wheel Wisdom King was the same Great Wheel Wisdom King from 100 years ago.
This transition was mysterious. Before each Great Wheel Wisdom King died, he would appoint a successor and bring this person to the Holy Land of the Buddhist Sect, which was the Secret Chamber in the Wisdom King Golden Palace on the peak of Great Snow Mountain. Seven days later, the new Wisdom King would come out and inherit all the power, leaving the corpse of the previous Wisdom King inside the chamber.
No one was allowed to see the corpse of the previous Wisdom King.
Regardless of the new Wisdom King’s strength before entering the chamber, he would become the most powerful figure in the world after the ritual. Other than the Wisdom King, no one knew how an ordinary person could become the most powerful figure in the world in these seven days.
Many people guessed that the Buddhist Sect had a secret technique in which the previous Wisdom King could inject all his cultivation strength into the new Wisdom King.