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Faith & Belief
Two Stories of Filial Piety
26/10/2008 22:50:40    Author : Yu    Browse : 901

We often hear Ershisixiao father, Ershisixiao mother, Ershisixiao husband, Ershisixiao wife and so on, but probably no many people know the exact meaning of "Ershisixiao".  As the old saying goes: "among a hundred behaviours filial piety is the first ", this shows that "filial piety" is the core of Confucian ethics in Chinese culture.

1. Filial Piety Moving God

Shun, a legendary ancient emperor, one of the Five Emperors, surnamed Yao, forenamed Chonghua, titled Youyushi, are known as Yu Shun.  Based on the legend, his father, stepmother and stepbrother plotted to murder him on many occasions. They asked Shun to repair the roof of barn warehouse, but they fired the barn under the roof. Shun armed with two straw hats off to escape. Shun was ordered to dig a well, but his father and stepbrother filled soil in it. Shun dug a tunnel to escape.  After that without any resentment, Shun was still deferential to the father, the younger brother of kindness.  He touched the heart of God.  Farming in Li Mountain, the elephant helped with his plough, and the bird weeded on his behalf.  Emperor Yao heard of the filial piety of Shun, and the ability to deal with the conduct of public affairs, so let his two daughters, Ehuang and Nvying to marry him. After years of observation and tests, Emperor Yao selected Shun as his successor.  After becoming Emperor. Shun visited his father respectfully, and assigned his stepbrother as a leader.

2. Personally Tasted Medicine for Assuring the Safety  

Liu Han, Hanwen emperor, is the third son of Queen Bo. At the eight-year of Gaohou (180 BC) he become the successor of Emperor. He was famous for clemency and filial piety in the world. He never slackened serving his mother.  His mother was ill for three years; he often had no sleep. He personally tasted the medical for his mother to assure the safety for his mother taking. Being in office for 24 years, he emphasized virtue, advocated amenity, and paid attention to the development of agriculture. This assured the social stability, population prosperity, economic recovery and development of the Western Han Dynasty. So his period and Han Jing emperor reign was named as "Wenjingzhizhi."

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