DivinationIn ancient China, divination was used to predict various events, including major changes in society, battle outcomes, and the rise and fall of dynasties.
For example, Chinese people used to believe that unusual weather and natural disasters were an indication of punishment from Heaven.
“The Shandong earthquake occurred in China's Northern China seismic region, which was last active on July 28, 1976, when the Tangshan Earthquake struck. The year 1976 was the most turbulent year for the Chinese communist regime. Three leading figures of the CCP died before and after the quake: Zhou Enlai, Zhu De, and Mao Zedong,” China expert Ji Da told The Epoch Times.
Mr. Ji also mentioned the meteorite that was seen in Jilin Province in March 1976. This year, also in March, a blue super fire meteor was seen in Beijing, with two flashes as it exploded in the sky, according to various reports.
Earthquakes in 1976, 2023In the early morning of Aug. 6, a 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck Pingyuan county of Dezhou city, Shandong Province, at a depth of 6 miles. Even two neighboring provinces, Henan and Hebei, felt the quake strongly. As of 8 a.m. that day, 59 aftershocks had been recorded.
At least 23 people were injured, more than 100 houses collapsed, and dozens of trains were suspended, according to state media.
Anomalies in 1976In early 1976, Mao Zedong's health condition deteriorated. He was distraught when he heard about the Tangshan earthquake and died 43 days later.
According to the CCP’s documents, at 3:42 a.m. on July 28 that year, Zhongnanhai, the CCP leadership’s main compound, suddenly trembled. Mao’s bed was even shaking, and his staff rushed to his room to make sure he was okay.
At around 10 a.m., he was informed about the earthquake that struck Tangshan. Wang Xinde, a member of Mao’s medical team, recalled that after Mao heard the news, he wailed, and it was the first time that Wang had ever seen Mao in such a state, according to official documents.
Prior to the earthquake, a meteorite weighing about 4 tons fell in a suburb of Jilin City, in northeastern Jilin Province, on March 8, 1976.
A meteor shower covered the sky, and the sound of the falling meteorite could be heard for hundreds of miles, according to various reports. The thunderous noise and shockwaves from the landing shattered the windows of many homes.
A total of 138 meteorite specimens and more than 3,000 fragments weighing a total of 2,616 kilograms were collected, according to reports. The largest piece, named Jilin 1, weighed 1,770 kilograms. When it impacted the ground, this piece alone produced a cloud of smoke and dust, piercing through the frozen soil to create a crater 6.5 meters deep and 2 meters wide.
When Mao heard the news about the meteorite, he was speechless. According to historical accounts, he told a staff member, “For many prominent figures in history, before they died, there were meteorites falling from the sky as an omen.”
End of the Cultural RevolutionThe year 1976 saw one of the most drastic changes in modern China. Three top CCP leaders died one after another: Premier Zhou Enlai on Jan. 8, military leader Zhu De on July 6, and Mao Zedong on Sept. 9.
Less than one month after Mao’s death, a pivotal political shift occurred with the arrest of the Gang of Four through a coup. These individuals were a radical political faction led by Mao's wife, Jiang Qing. They rose to power in 1969 and implemented harsh policies during the Cultural Revolution. Their detention symbolized the end of the brutal campaign.