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Sweet Talkers

The Emperor of Qin took the Inspection tour to Taishan Mountain, at that time, few sweet talkers who travelled with the entourage along with him gave various suggestions, such as magic plants for long life. One of his local guidance said “亡秦者胡也,” which literally means Qin will be destroyed by Ho, so the emperor ordered the general Meng Tian to destroy the northern barbarian Ho with three hundred thousand soldiers,  and built the Great Wall of Qin along the northern border to protect from the Ho. However, it turned out that the empire perished during the reign of the Second Emperor Qin Er-shi, whose name was Ho Hai. The prophecy was thus fulfilled unexpectedly, Ho was the name of the Emperor’s son instead of the barbarian tribe Ho on the north.

This reminds me of the Witches’ prophecy in Macbeth, the witches made Macbeth believe that he cannot be killed by any man born of a woman, he soon learnt that Macduff was "from his mother's womb Untimely ripped", meaning that Macdu…