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Mother of Mengfucius

Mengfucius was the second greatest philosopher in the Confucian School of Philosophy. In the history of Chinese thoughts and philosophy, Meng was always mentioned together with Confucius, founder of the school. Confucius lived during the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476BC) and Mengfucius lived in the Warring States Period (474-221BC). Same as Confucius, Meng was noted for his thoughts, political viewpoints as well as his contributions in education.

The success of Mengfucius had much to do with the teaching and guidance of his mother. Meng father was an unfortunate learned man. He had to leave his wife and young son to look for work in civil service of the Kingdom of Song. But he died three years later. Widowed and helpless, the mother invested all her energy and efforts in bring up the orphan. she insisted that all children were greatly influenced by their neighbourhood where they lived. In order to provide suitable environs for Mengfucius, his mother moved him three times when he was a child. Originally, the family lived in a quiet neighbourhood near a graveyard. But there were frequent robberies. Knowing it would be bad for her son up-bringing, the mother moved ten miles to a place near the market, where they lived for about half a year. The mother soon discovered that the commercial bickering and monetary greed of the local merchants would bring adverse influence on the young boy too. Mother Meng was on the move again. She finally relocated the family to a place near an educational institute. Children of the area all imitated the rites and codes of learned people and literati who were milling around the campus. The mother was satisfied and raised her son there.

Mengfucius was brought up under the healthy encouragement, teaching and guidance of his mother. With his own unrelenting self-improvement, Meng finally succeeded and became one of the greatest men in Chinese history and his mother a role model for the conscientious moms.

MOTHER OF MENGFUCIUS

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188 X 97 cm , 2005