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The opening of the classical Chinese history novel The Romance of the Three Kingdoms begins with the observation that history has a habit of repeating itself. It then goes on to describe (over the next 1700 pages) the dramatic details of the fall of the Han Dynasty. In the very first chapter we are introduced to the Taipingdao. My copy of the book translates them as “Yellow Scarves.” The Yellow Scarves were an extremist sect of Daoism that believed the end of the world was just around the corner. Then when the opportunity arose they did their darndest to bring it about. This story was drawn for the Cloudscape anthology Historyonics.


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