Among the ancient Chinese emperors, many people were very Buddhist, and the empress was one of them. The purpose of Wu Zetian's worship of Buddhism is to take Buddhism as his ideological weapon to reach the peak of power. As soon as she was appointed, she announced that she would "release the revolutionary stage of religion and rise above Taoism". In addition to allocating special funds to renovate temples, build statues and translate Buddhist scriptures, the government has repeatedly used administrative means to set off an upsurge of worshiping Buddhism. In the compulsory national Buddhist worship movement, there was an order banning livestock killing and shrimp fishing, which made a lot of interesting news.
Non killing is one of the five precepts of Buddhism and the basic code of conduct for Buddhist disciples. But no ordinary people are allowed to eat meat, which is undoubtedly very difficult to implement. In order to check the implementation effect of the order, Empress Wu specially ordered Prime Minister Lou Shide to patrol the grass-roots level. When the prime minister inspects the work, the grass-roots officials naturally set up a banquet for reception. At the banquet, the first one was a pot of mutton. The grass-roots officials explained that the sheep were not killed by us, but killed by wolves. Since it was killed by wolves, eating it is not forbidden. Then came a plate of fish. The grass-roots officials also declared that the fish was also killed by wolves. Lou Shide laughs when he hears about it: Why are you so stupid? It should be said that the fish was killed by an otter. In the sound of laughter, delicious food soon became the thing in the belly.
Due to the "policy on the one hand, and Countermeasures on the other hand", the implementation of Wu Zetian's ban on slaughter at the grass-roots level is not expected to be ideal. As a matter of fact, if any decree from ancient times to the present is unpopular, the final result must be a cursory ending. Later, Wu Zetian felt that the ban was a little too much, so she was very tolerant to the parties when dealing with cases of violation of the ban.
Zhang De's wife gave birth to a boy and secretly killed a sheep to entertain the guests. One of them, Du Su, after eating a full meal of mutton, actually wrote a paper petition to inform the emperor of Zhang De.
The next day, Wu Zetian said to Zhang De, "I'm glad your wife gave birth to a boy." Zhang De thanked Wu Zetian. Wu Zetian said again, "but where did you get the mutton?" Zhang De quickly kowtowed to the capital. Wu Zetian said: "I forbid killing livestock. It's hard to predict whether it's good or bad. But when you invite guests, you should have a choice. Rogues can't get together. " Then take out dusu's petition and show it to him. Du Su was ridiculed and scared to sweat when he failed to make friends. Wu Zetian obviously thought that it was more important for Du Su to betray his friends than for Zhang De to violate the order of killing. It can be seen that even Wu Zetian himself did not take the prohibition of butchery seriously.
There's another interesting thing. One day, outside Dingding gate in Luoyang, a straw cart was turned over. Two killed sheep hidden in the straw cart suddenly revealed their stuffing. There is no doubt that the killing order has been broken. The gatekeeper who witnessed the incident immediately reported the clue to the imperial historian Peng xianjue. Peng xianjue may have come a step late. He didn't catch the man pulling the straw cart, so he wanted to put the blame on others. He wrote to the emperor, "He Gong Wei Liu Mian was in charge of slaughtering. He didn't realize it. He should be punished to eat a stick, and mutton can be sent to officials in Shangshu province." When Liu Mian heard about it, she was very afraid. She quickly made a pair of thickened pants and waited for her butt to be spanked. Unexpectedly, the next day Wu Zetian commented on Peng xianjue's Memorial: "it's not appropriate for the imperial historian Peng xianjue to play Liu Mian with his staff. The mutton should be given to Liu Mian. " When the news spread, all officials in the Manchu Dynasty clapped their hands. Only Peng xianjue was ashamed.
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