There is uncertainty about whether we have steered clear of the COVID-19 pandemic or there is more calamity to encounter in the future. The past two years have been a dreadful roller coaster ride, with us getting adapted to new hygienic lifestyles.

We cannot guess when we will finally be rid of the coronavirus, even though a medieval Chinese poem may have predicted its life span.

Liu Bowen.

Liu Bowen (1311-1375), also called the Chinese Nostradamus after the famous French astrologer, is currently drawing attention. In the 14th century, he composed the Shaanxi Mount Taibai inscription, which comprises a series of prophecies from the Ming dynasty, and forebodes disaster in our age.

COVID Foreseen?

In his poem “The Ten Worries”, Liu Bowen mentions an awful calamity that will befall humans between the years of the Rat and the Pig zodiac signs, or 2019 and 2020 respectively.

He predicted chaos, famine, hostile invasions, and unrest. An interesting point is when parents die, it will be hard to bury them, indicating the contagious nature of the (COVID?) pandemic.

Liu advises the practice of moral actions like truthfulness and compassion to safely tide over the epidemic danger. One passage in the poem claims that the disaster will wind up only in the Dragon and Snake years.

This indicates that we will continue to see the face of COVID till 2024 and 2025, which correspond to the Chinese zodiac signs of the Dragon and the Snake, respectively.

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Zhu Yuanzhang, Ming Emperor.

Who Was Liu Bowen?

Military strategist and philosopher, Liu Bowen acted as the key advisor to the Hongwu emperor Zhu Yuanzhang (1328-1398), who overthrew the Yuan dynasty and created the Ming dynasty. Liu was also the Ming dynasty prime minister, renowned for his wise and incorruptible nature. He was also a Taoist master.

He wrote several other prophecies, some of which have been verified while some wait to stand the test of time. For instance he wrote the well-known Pancake Poem, also known as the Shaobing song. His Mount Taibai inscription was found after an earthquake.

Coincidentally, China has tackled a string of epidemics in the period 2019-2020, including the African swine fever and the bubonic plague. Liu’s poem may refer to these as well, besides Covid. He also predicted that the calamity will occur during the dharma-ending period, when Gautama Buddha’s dharma will cease to offer salvation to people.

Nostradamus And COVID


Recently posts on social media had claimed that even Nostradamus (1503-1566) had predicted the coronavirus pandemic. They referred to a quote attributed to the French astrologer that claimed a plague will rise from China and spread to Italy, thus spelling the doom of the global economy as we know it.

But Reuters proved these claims to be false, finding no evidence to support the same. Stephane Gerson, professor of French, French Studies and History at New York University, said that such a text “does not come from Nostradamus’ ‘Prophecies’”, nor from other prognostications made by Nostradamus.

Disclaimer: This article is fact-checked

Sources: Mint, Reuters, India Today

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