600-year-old Ming Dynasty “holy decree” accidentally appeared in Hubei farmhouse

Recently, Hubei Shiyan Media reported that first-class cultural relics were straying into the folklore. The story is that when an expert went to the countryside to do research in the past, he accidentally found in a villager’s Home a sacred decree tablet of Wudang Mountain issued by Ming Emperor Chengzu more than 600 years ago.

According to a report by the mainland media on the 11th, the great rise of the ancient architectural complex of Wudang Mountain is an important example of the great repair of cultural governance after the Ming Yongle Emperor came to power, of which a Gold lacquered wooden holy decree of the 11th year of Yongle, which is now in the Wudang Museum, provides an important example of this history.

During the Yongle period of Ming Dynasty, Ming Emperor Chengzu built Wudang Mountain, which took 12 years to build 33 buildings including 9 palaces and 8 viewpoints, making it a marvel in the history of ancient Chinese architecture, and was even called “the museum of ancient Chinese architectural achievements” and “the Forbidden City hanging on the cliff.

According to the report, the Wudang Museum now has a lacquer wood carved gold holy decree plate, more than 600 years old. Today, this ordinary-looking wooden plaque has long become a national cultural relic. But what is less known is that this holy decree plate, once for a long Time was left behind in a farmer’s house.

According to the introduction, this piece of wood engraved with the content of the holy decree, the name of the “lacquer wood carved gold holy decree plate”. It was originally stored in the Wudang Mountain Five Dragon Palace, but for some reason it fell into the hands of the people.

In the 1980s, an expert from Wudang Mountain went to the countryside to investigate cultural relics and found this red lacquered wooden tablet in a farmer’s house near Wulong Palace, and after wiping off the dust, he found the word “holy decree” written on it.

The translation of the decree reads: “The great mountain Taihe Mountain each palace view, there are cultivators, Yi Shen Bao Zhen, hold a keep vegetarian. The outside is far away from the body, and the personnel is shut off. The practice of quiet energy, a moment without question. A should be to and from the floating people, and not allowed to cause trouble and noise, disturbing its quiet work, hinder it to do the way ….. The light is instantly condemned and expelled from the mountain; the heavy is reported to the news, punished with a serious crime”.

According to the date of the decree, it is from the 18th of September, the 11th year of Ming Yongle.

The “lacquer wood carved gold holy decree plate”. (Video screenshot)

The expert then took the decree to the mountain and handed it over to the cultural relics management department. By 2008, the Wudang Museum was opened and this lacquered wood carved gold holy decree tablet stayed in the museum and was preserved.

It is said that there are many existing holy decrees on the whole Wudang, among which there are more than 600 holy decrees issued to Wudang Mountain by Emperor Yongle of Ming alone. Among these existing holy decrees, there are 12 stone holy decrees and 3 wooden holy decrees.