Family tree of Chinese sage branches out to include women – Jonathan Watts
From the Guardian, another article about the rejuvenation of Confucius’ legacy in China:
It has taken almost 2,557 years, but the family tree of Confucius, the philosophical father of Asia’s male dominated society, is finally going to acknowledge women. Female descendants will be recognised in a new lineage chart of the Chinese sage’s family – forecast to grow to more than three million people by the time the survey is complete in 2007.
The change, announced ahead of today’s birthday celebrations in Confucius’s hometown of Qufu, reflects a growing move to reinterpret and apply the ancient teachings, as the world’s most populous nation moves further and further away from Marxism. [Full text]