Cao Cao used to steal graves to take gold and silver to feed his army and when this politician died, his burial place was also inevitably burgled.
Cao Cao (155-220) was a famous politician, military, and poet of the late Eastern Han Dynasty. He was the one who laid the military foundation to establish the Cao Wei government in the Three Kingdoms period (220-280), later honored by his son as Emperor Wei Wu.
History books record that when he was new to conquest, Cao Cao came up with the intention of stealing graves to feed his army. In order to ensure an organized and highly effective grave theft, he even proposed positions in the army such as “grave opening officer”, “gold and silver statistics official”… Therefore, the folk called Cao Cao. is the “grave thief’s profession”.
In the year 200, the famous writer Tran Lam once criticized Cao Cao for robbing the tombs of Luong King Luu Vu (188-144 BC) and Empress Ly in Mang Dang Mountain, present-day China’s Henan province. Shui Jing spell, an ancient book compiled during the Three Kingdoms period, wrote that “Cao deployed troops, destroyed the tomb of King Luong, broke the coffin, and took away ten thousand pounds of gold”. Cao Cao raised his army for three years thanks to this gold.