All through history, dictators have seen it fit to demonstrate their right to rule by showing that they have inherited that right. Hence more than 300 years after the collapse of the Roman Empire, in the year 800, the Frankish king Charlemange lay claim to his right to rule much of Western Europe by getting the pope to name him emperor of the Holy Roman Empire; thereby asserting his right to rule by associating himself with the Roman Empire. Hitler’s Nazis linked their divine right to rule and oppress to their being descendents of the superior Aryan race.
As you know, I have been plotting to conquer the world and rule as absolute dictator for sometime now. However, I still sense some resistance to this idea. Perhaps it is timely to share with you about my lineage and therefore my inherent right to be king,,,,or emperor ……or supreme leader.
On my mother’s side of the family, we are Peranakan or Baba-Nyonya. This is the name given to the descendents of Chinese that came to Peninsula Malaya between the 15th and 17th centuries. At that time, Malaya was an important part of the seafaring trade routes between China and the west. These Chinese immigrants came and intermarried with the local population and developed a rich and unique culture which was an amalgamation of all the different influences at this cultural crossroads.
The ladies in the middle are wearing Kebaya and the gentleman Batik – traditional wear of the Peranakan. (Picture by LGS)
Now, the very first wave of Chinese immigrants was in the 15th Century. At that time, the Kingdom of Melaka was very rich and powerful and controlled the Straits of Melaka which was a vital passage and a natural choke point for the ships plying between China and India. To strengthen ties and secure the trade route, the Ming Emperor in China sent Princess Hang Li Po to Melaka to be married to the Sultan of Melaka. Of course, she was accompanied by her royal companions and servants.
Tada! I therefore contend that I must be a descendent of Royal blood – from Princess Hang Li Po or one of her royal companions.
Please ignore my wife who insists that Princess Hang Li Po’s companions were all eunuchs. It simply can’t be true.
Please also ignore my cousin once removed who claims to have done some family tree research and found that our family is descendent from Chinese pirates from the 17th century . Now, granted that Johnny Depp has made pirates kinda cool but I still would rather be royalty than rogue. Once I am in power and in the tradition of great dictators, I shall remove my cousin further.
I hope that you are now totally awed by my right to rule. I shall share more about the very rich and unique Peranakan culture in future posts.