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During the later Ming Dynasty, in the 1500s AD, a man named Xu Zhonglin wrote a novel called Fengshen Yanyi. The main character is Ji Fa, who overthrew the last emperor of the Shang Dynasty and made himself the first emperor of the Zhou dynasty, about 1100 BC.

In the end, many of the heroes from both sides become gods themselves and go to heaven, which explains the name of the book: Fenshen Yanyi means “How the Heroes Became Gods.”

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