Mandate of Heaven

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Translation of the Literary Chinese 天命

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Mandate of Heaven

  1. The philosophical construct that is the basis of the authority of the Son of Heaven.


Mandate of Heaven (plural Mandates of Heaven)

  1. Any such mandate or blessing.
  2. The Chinese philosophical concept of the circumstances under which a ruler is allowed to rule. Good rulers would be allowed to rule with the Mandate of heaven, and despotic, unjust rulers would have the Mandate revoked by disasters or revolution.


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