Still in the Shang Dynasty, a long and powerful dynasty of China, there began to be rebellions and signs of the dynasty crumbling. It started with the fifth Shang ruler, Wu-Ti. He didn’t do anything too physical: no wars, no increased taxes, no illegal seizures of land, etc. Instead, his wrong doings were against heavenly beings.
He made idols and called them “gods.” He then gambled with them, and because he was playing against carved idols, he obviously won. After he won, he would mock the idols and call the gods “lousy gamblers.”
Big mistake! Wu-Ti died a death that seems like it could have been sent from above. He was out hunting one day when he was struck by a bolt of lightning.
Be careful who you mock 🙂