The advantages of the Ming religion lie in each set of excellent martial arts, but few people know that this sect is still real in history.
In the martial arts works of Kim Dung, Minh Giao is described as a powerful sect, capable of opposing the entire martial arts and operating in a very mysterious way. The Ming sect masters possessing strong martial arts, even invincible in the world, can be mentioned as Truong Vo Ky and Dong Phuong Bui. In Chinese history, Mingism also had an influence not only on the gypsies but also related to the survival of an entire dynasty.
Minh Dao in the work of swordplay Kim Dung
The Ming religion appears a lot and is described most specifically in the work “Ỷ Thien Do Long Ky” by writer Kim Dung. Accordingly, the Ming religion (also known as the Ma religion) originated in Persia, was introduced to China in the Tang Dynasty and had tens of thousands of followers. The films adapted from this novel are all about the Ming religion.
Zhang Wuji is known as the leader of the Demon Sect.
Minh Giao gathers many martial arts masters with quaint personalities, not acting according to the usual etiquette but seeming shady and secretive, so they are discriminated against by the mainstream martial arts world. The animosity between the Ming sect and the martial arts sect is very deep, lasting for hundreds of years, killing each other every time they meet. However, in Kim Dung’s novels, the main sect characters are not all good people and those in the Ming sect are not necessarily bad either.
In the 2009 version of “Ỷ Thien Do Long Ky”, Truong Vo Ky (Dang Sieu) is the most famous cardinal of the Ming religion. At the battle on the top of Quang Minh Mountain, Truong Vo Ky used the martial art set of Can Khon Dai na di, alone to defeat 6 great sects. After successfully rescuing the leaders of the Ming Cult, Truong Vo Ky was appointed as the 34th generation leader. The Patriarch of the Truong family helped the Ming religion from a sect that was falsely accused of being “devil” to restore its reputation, become became the leader of the uprising against the Yuan Dynasty.
Video: Scene of Truong Vo Ky (Deng Sieu) rescuing the Ming religion in “Ỷ Thien Do Long Ky” in 2009.
In particular, this version mentions that Chu Nguyen Chuong – the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty – also came from the Ming religion. At the end of the film, Chu Nguyen Chuong (Vu Vu) conspired to make Truong Vo Ky mistakenly think that the generals wanted to rebel, along with Truong Vo Ky having to fulfill his promise to bring Trieu Man back to Mongolia. With a personality that doesn’t care about fame and profit, he gave up everything to pass on the priesthood to Duong Tieu, while he left the Mongolian steppe to live the rest of his life with Trieu Man. In some versions, Chu Nguyen Chuong was forced by Truong Vo Ky to swear not to harm the Ming sect. The name “Ming Dynasty” is also from the word “Mingism”.
In “Tieu arrogant Gypsy”, the Ming religion is also known as Nhat Nguyet god religion with the leaders Nham Nga Hanh, Dong Phuong Bui, Nham Doanh Doanh. In which, Nham Nga Hanh successfully practiced Steaming Tinh Dafa, Dong Phuong Bui also became bisexual with Quy Hoa Bao Dien.
Nham Nga Hanh and Nham Doanh Doanh in “Tieu arrogant Gypsy” 2001.
After regaining the post of cardinal from Dong Phuong Bubai, Nham Nga Hanh, drunk with power, decided to launch an attack to defeat the orthodox sects including Shaolin and Wudang. At the same time, he tried to force Linghu Chong to join his sect, but because of the absorption of many sects’ internal arts, he lost his life.
Nham Doanh Doanh is nominated as the new leader of the Sun Moon sect and she seeks a peace agreement between the two sides of good and evil. Three years later, she passed the leadership to Huong Wentian and married Linghu Chong. Bored by all the conflicts caused by power struggles, Linghu Chong and Nham Doanh Doanh give up the gypsy, live happily.
The real Ming religion in history
Statue of “Quang Minh Mani Buddha” of Mani religion.
Mingism is a real religion in Chinese history and comes from Maniism, founded by the first leader, Mani, in the 3rd century AD. Mani (216 – 277), was born into a noble family in the Persian Empire (present-day Iran). At the age of 14, Mani claimed to be enlightened by God and founded Mani. Manicism is divided into 5 levels including apostles, believers, bishops, elders and cardinals. They often fast, wear white and have to pray 7 times a day.
Mani religion spread to China, officially recognized by Vo Tac Thien in 694 and flourished in 806 when the Tang dynasty allowed this sect to set up a temple in the capital Chang’an, with the title “Dai Van Quang Minh temple”. . Since then, Mani religion has spread to all regions of Southern China such as Kinh Chau, Duong Chau, Hong Chau… Mani religion has influenced from the people to the great scholar.
Emperor Zhou Yuanzhang is suspected of being a follower of the Ming religion.
In order to gain more followers, the leader of Mani sect deliberately interpreted the sutras of Buddhism and Taoism – the two major religions in China – in his favor. Mani believers believe that Buddha, Lao Tzu and their Mani master are three bodies of a single creator. Patriarch Mani was called “Quang Minh Mani Buddha” and this made many Tang kings, who highly valued Buddhism and Taoism, dissatisfied. At the end of the Yuan Dynasty, the Ming religion became one of the main forces opposing the imperial court. According to Sohu, Zhou Yuanzhang – the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty – was most likely a follower of Maniism.