Ji 姬 and Jiang 姜: The Role of Exogamic Clans in the Organization of the Zhou Polity

  title={Ji 姬 and Jiang 姜: The Role of Exogamic Clans in the Organization of the Zhou Polity},
  author={Edwin G. Pulleyblank},
  journal={Early China},
  pages={1 - 27}
Abstracts The rule of surname exogamy, which has been an important feature of Chinese social organization down to recent times, seems to have originated with the Zhou dynasty. Its importance is symbolized in the myth of Jiang Yuan姜媚 or 姜原, the mother of Hou Ji后稷, Lord Millet, the ancestor of the Zhou kings, whose surname was Ji姬. Contrary to a view that has become popular, it is argued that Ji and Jiang could not have been the names of two originally separate peoples with different geographical… 
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