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Encyclopedia > Jiang Ziya

Jiang Ziya (姜子牙;姜子牙) (a.k.a. Jiang Taigong & Jiang Shang) (dates of birth and death unknown), a Chinese semi-mythological figure, resided next to the Weishui River about 3,000 years ago. The region was the feudal estate of King Wen of Zhou. Jiang Ziya knew King Wen was very ambitious so he hoped to get his attention.


He often went angling at the Weishui River, but he would fish in a bizarre way. He hung a straight hook, with no bait, three feet above the water. He over and over again said to himself, "Fish, if you are desperate to live, come and gulp down the hook by yourself."


In a little while his outlandish way of fishing was reported to King Wen, who sent a soldier to bring him back. Jiang noticed the soldier coming, but uncared for him. Jiang just continued with his fishing, and was soliloquising, "Fishing, fishing, no fish has been hooked—but shrimp is up to tomfoolery." The soldier reported this back to King Wen, who became more interested in Jiang.


King Wen sent a bureaucrat to invite Jiang this time. But Jiang again paid no attention to the invitation. He simply carried on fishing, and was saying, "Fishing, fishing, the big fish has not been hooked—but a small one is up to mischief."


Then King Wen realized Jiang might be a great genius so he went to invite Jiang personally, and brought many magnificent gifts with him. Jiang saw his earnest desire so determined to work for him.


Jiang helped King Wen and his son turn over the Shang Dynasty and establish the Zhou Dynasty. Jiang was given the title (hao) of Taigong so people called him Jiang Taigong. Shang Dynasty (Chinese: 商朝) or Yin Dynasty (殷代) (1600 BC - 1046 BC) is the first historic Chinese dynasty and ruled in the northeastern region of China proper. ... Hao can have several different meanings: Used in reference to Chinese culture, hao is the word for a courtesy name. Hao is also the name of a coral atoll in the central part of the Tuamotu Archipelago. ...


In popular culture

He is a prominent character in the popular Chinese classical novel Creation of the Gods (《封神演義》). Creation of the Gods (Chinese: 封神演义, literally means the story of entitling gods) is a novel written by Xu Zhonglin (陈仲琳) of the Ming Dynasty. ...


There are two xie hou yu (歇後語 a kind of Chinese proverb in the form of riddle) about him: A proverb (from the Latin proverbium) is a pithy saying which had gained credence through widespread or frequent use. ... A riddle is a form of word puzzle designed to test someones ingenuity in arriving at its solution. ...

  • Grand Duke Jiang fishes - those who are willing jump at the bait (姜太公釣魚──願者上釣), which means "put one's own head in the noose".
  • Grand Duke Jiang investiture the gods - omitting himself (姜太公封神──漏咗自己), which means "leave out oneself".

See also

At the moment this page contains a list of links. ... King Wu of Zhou (Chinese: 周武王; pinyin: ) or King Wu of Chou was the first sovereign of the Chinese Zhou Dynasty. ... The Zhou Dynasty (周朝; Wade-Giles: Chou Dynasty (also Chow or Jou)) (late 10th century BC or 9th century BC to 256 BC) followed the Shang (Yin) Dynasty and preceded the Qin Dynasty in China. ... Shang Dynasty (Chinese: 商朝) or Yin Dynasty (殷代) (1600 BC - 1046 BC) is the first historic Chinese dynasty and ruled in the northeastern region of China proper. ...

External links

  • A story about Jiang Taigong fishes

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Jiang Ziya - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (482 words)
Jiang Taigong and Jiang Shang) (dates of birth and death unknown), a Chinese semi-mythological figure, resided next to the Weishui River about 3,000 years ago.
Jiang Ziya's grandson was given a piece of land in Northern China called 'Lu'.
In the scenario "Chinese Unification" of the Civilization IV: Warlords expansion pack, Jiang Ziya is the leader of the State of Qi.
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