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In Luo Guanzhong's Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Liu Bei, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei took an oath of fraternity in the Peach Garden (in the modern-day Zhou Zhou, Hebei) to become sworn brothers.
When saying the names Liu Bei, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei, although the family names are different, we have come together as brothers. From this day forward, we shall join forces for a common purpose: to save the troubled and to aid the endangered. We shall avenge the nation above, and pacify the citizenry below. We seek not to be born on the same day, in the same month, and in the same year. We merely hope to die on the same day, in the same month, and in the same year. May the Gods of Heaven and Earth attest to what is in our hearts. If we should ever do anything to betray our friendship, may heaven and the people of the earth both strike us dead.
The three sworn brothers worked together on a noble purpose: to unite the country of China for the people and instill justice and peace throughout the land. Their effort grew from just the ...