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Zheng-tong: Year 7, Month 7, Day 20

25 Aug 1442

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It was ordered that the native Buddhist monk He Qing from the A-chi-li Buddhist Registry in Da-li Prefecture, Yun-nan, be appointed as the superior of that registry and that other priests be appointed as other officials. Previously, the Jing-yuan Earl Wang Ji had memorialized: "When we went on expedition to Lu-chuan, He Qing and the others tended the altars and carried out the Buddhist rites there. They bound straw to make human images of Si Ren-fa, Dao Zhao-han and their sons, wrote their names on the back of the images, placed a cangue and fetters on them, stabbed them with swords and pierced them with arrows and drove away their spirits at the altar. Day and night they cursed and vexed them. Subsequently, a green serpent and a coloured sparrow came to the altar. At twilight the spirits wailed and the ghosts wept. Later, when the Imperial army crossed the river to kill the bandits, He Qing, carrying a pennon and praying, went directly to the bandit's gate and called for wind and no rain, so as to assist in the fire attack. This proved effective. We should reward his achievements." The matter was shelved and no action was taken at that time. At this time, the registry superior (都綱) Dong Rong memorialized recommending He Qing and requesting that he be permitted to establish eight further Buddhist registries and so forth. The Ministry of War and the Ministry of Rites memorialized on this again. The Emperor did not permit further Buddhist registries to be established, but did order that He Qing and so on be appointed as monk-officials and that they return to their temples to cultivate their faith.

Ying-zong: juan 94.5b-6a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 26, page 1898/99

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Geoff Wade, translator, Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu: an open access resource, Singapore: Asia Research Institute and the Singapore E-Press, National University of Singapore, http://epress.nus.edu.sg/msl/reign/zheng-tong/year-7-month-7-day-20, accessed December 06, 2019