The Ming Tombs - Burial Chamber Of Yongle Emperor ©

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Born as Zhu Di, the Yongle Emperor was the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty in China, reigning from 1402 to 1424. His name was romanized as Yung-lo or Yonglo Emperor. He was originally the Prince of Yan in 1370, with his capital at Beiping (which is now modern Beijing).

Yongle sponsored and created many cultural traditions during his reign. He promoted Confucianism and kept traditional ritual ceremonies with a rich cultural theme. He treated Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism equally (though he favored Confucianism). Strict Confucianists considered him hypocritical, but his even handed approach helped him win the support of the people and unify China. His love for Chinese culture sparked a sincere hatred for Mongolian culture. He considered it rotten and forbade the use of popular Mongolian names, habits, language, and clothing. Great lengths were taken by Yongle to eradicate Mongolian culture from China.

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