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Hong Xiuquan
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Religious Figure
    (January 1, 1814-June 1, 1864)
    Born in Guangdong, China
    Birth name was Hong Renkun
    Self-proclaimed younger brother of Jesus Christ
    Led the Taiping Rebellion against the Qing Dynasty (1850-64)
    Established the 'Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace' in southern China
    At its height, the Heavenly Kingdom ruled over 30 million people
    Died either by suicide as Imperial forces closed in or from food poisoning
    He suffered a nervous breakdown after failing the civil service exam for the fifth time.
    While recovering, he read some missionary tracts and decided that the visions he had experienced meant that he was Christ's younger brother.
    He ordered strict separation of the sexes -- even between married couples -- for his followers while keeping a harem of concubines.
    The Taiping Rebellion became the bloodiest civil war in history, with over 20 million deaths.
    He was admired by Mao Zedong.
    Declaring that you are Jesus' brother is somewhat less egotistical than declaring that you are Jesus himself.
    The Taiping Rebellion started when Imperial forces attacked his followers.
    His army was known for its high levels of discipline.
    His Heavenly Kingdom popularized the game of mahjong.

Credit: C. Fishel

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