Zhou Xiong

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated :2018-11-26


Zhou Xiong (1188-1211) of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) was renowned for his filial piety. He lived in Quzhou with his father during his youth. In 1211, Zhou went to a temple in Jiangxi to pray for good fortune for his sick mother. On his way back, the news of his mother’s death arrived. Zhou was so sad that he died upon hearing the news. His body remained the post of standing up straight after his death. People were impressed by his love for his mother and worshiped him as a god. Zhou’s story was widely spread and a temple in Quzhou was built in his honor to promote filial piety culture.