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Who is Yu Zi? - Father of Chu State and Teacher of King Wen and King Wu of Zhou
Yu Zi(鬻子) whose full name was Mi Xiong(芈熊)was said to be one of the oldest ancestors of Chu State or Chu Region in ancinet China. Also he was the descendant of Ji Lian(季连). At the time that the whole region was under the cruel reign of King Zhou of Shang, Yu Zi heard that King Wenwang, the father of King Wu of Zhou and the highly-respected figure advocated by Confucianism, quite respected the old people and knew how to serve the old people better. He arrived in Zhou at the age of 90. At the first meeting, King Wenwang said"Your Lord, you are so old!". Yu Zi replied"Yes, I am indeed an old man in the realm of hunting but still young in the aspect of policymaking and solution-making ". Meanwhile, Bo Yi(伯夷)and Shu Qi (叔齐)were also the goers to Zhou like Yu Zi. Living in Zhou, Yu Zi in fact acted as the teacher of King Wen and Wu. King Wen treated him pretty politely and respectfully as Yu Zi had been his teacher. Compared to Yu Zi, Bo Yi and Shu Qi just were not respected as equal as Yu Zi. and others like Taidian Hongyao(太颠闳夭), San Yisheng(散宜生), Nangong Kuo(南宫括), Xinjia Zhitu(辛甲之徒) were all assigned to be the officials in Kingdom of Zhou. Since King Wen, all kings including King Wu and King Cheng all consulted him when they met something important or urgent till he passed away. All of these kings learnt enormous lessons from Yu Zi, which surely were beneficial for the administration of Zhou Kingdom. And these teachings indirectly modeled the earlier configuration of Confucianism. Yu Zi lived a long life, roughly 200 years, in this aspect, Yu Zi was quite similar to Peng Zu(彭祖, Father of Peng, another legendary figure and father of Chu in history of primitive China and he was said to be more than 700 years old, furthermore, nobody got knew where he went), Yu Zi was crowned as the Father of Chu Region by Authority of Zhou Kingdom.