A Chinese novel of the Ming Dynasty
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.
Battles of gods and people
Is this kind of like the plot of the Iliad, where Menelaus takes the whole Greek army to war over one woman, Helen? At least, both stories blame the war on bad behavior by women.
What happens in the end?
In the end, many of the heroes from both sides become gods themselves and go to heaven, which explains the name of the book: Fengshen Yanyi means “How the Heroes Became Gods.”
Fengshen Yanyi, “How the Heroes Became Gods,” was one of many novels written in China about this time, during the Yuan and Ming Dynasties. Some other examples are the Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Monkey: Journey to the West.