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Meteor in China on June 1 Has Some Wondering What It May Foretell

On the evening of June 1, people in Jinghong City in Yunnan Province commented online that they suspected a sudden glare they saw in the night sky was a meteor. Subsequently, debris from the meteorite was found and the Xishuangbanna State Seismological Bureau confirmed the sighting was, in fact, a meteor.

According to ancient Chinese astrology, a meteor falling from the sky is an omen that a disastrous event is about to occur. According to the theory of the Five Elements, meteors are believed to signify an imbalance of yin and yang. Following is some anecdotal evidence that appears to corroborate this conclusion.

In 1971, a small meteor shower fell in Shuangyang in Jilin Province. Later that year, chairman Mao’s vice-chairman Lin Biao, his wife, and his son boarded a plane to leave China. They died after the airplane crashed in Inner Mongolia. The news of his death shocked many in China.

There was another meteor storm in Jilin Province in 1976. That year, three major events occurred in China. There was a big earthquake that caused the deaths of over 240,000 people. Mao, his premier Zhou Enlai, and the general of the Communist army, Zhu De, all died. After their deaths and the resulting change of leadership, Mao’s wife and three others were arrested.

In February 1997, a meteor fell in Shandong Province. That year, the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China occurred.

There was a smaller scale meteor that fell in 2012 again in Jilin Province. That is the year Wang Lijung, the police chief of Chongqing, asked for political asylum from the U.S. consulate. The impact of this event is still affecting Chinese politics.

What event might this most recent meteor portend?

Translated by Chua BC

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David Jirard
For several years David has been a contributor to various news sites that focus on the news and culture of China.

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