Meaning “Cycle of Heaven,” it appears in the position, right before a date, that in those days was reserved for the name of the current emperor.Putting any other characters in that spot implied that the writer was in rebellion against the rulers of China.They focused on charity, conflict resolution, and assisting members in relations with the non-Chinese world.They often had more power than any other immigrant Chinese organization, including regional, clan, and family name groupings, as well as the supposedly dominant Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association In 2009 the editors first visited Clinton in British Columbia, located on the Cariboo trail that in the 1860s-1890s led from the southern Fraser River to the rich gold fields around Barkerville and Quesnel Forks.
Most versions seem not to include images of deities and the founders of the Tiandihui. Its colors are bright, and the condition, except for an eaten-away corner, is excellent.
In those days, the population of the region was devoted almost entirely to gold mining, and more than half were Chinese. The large central character is a made-up word that combines “tiger” with “harmony”.
The latter is the designated character for the Fourth Lodge.
No Chinese organization in 19th century BC is likely to have publicly called itself "Tiandihui," but several spinoff/daughter organizations in the region used Tiandihui rituals and regarded themselves as its heir.
Among the oldest was the Hung Mun (= Hongmen, 洪 門) or Chee Kung Tong (= Zhigongtang, 致 公 堂 ), which--as discussed elsewhere on this page--assumed great importance among late nineteenth century Chinese North Americans.