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Master Humu 胡毋生

Jan 15, 2012 © Ulrich Theobald

Master Huwu 胡毋生, also written Humu 胡母生, courtesy name Zidu 子都 (the personal name is not known), was a Confucian scholar of the mid-Former Han period 前漢 (206 BCE-8 CE).

He hailed from the region of Qi 齊 (modern Shandong) and was an expert in the Gongyang Commentary (Gongyangzhuan 公羊傳) of the Chunqiu 春秋 "Spring and Autumn Annals".

During the reign of Emperor Jing 漢景帝 (r. 157-141 BCE) he became an erudite (boshi 博士) for the Gongyangzhuan. Because of his decent and sincere character he was admired by the great Confucian scholar Dong Zhongshu 董仲舒.

When he was old he returned to Lu and instruced disciples as Gongsun Hong 公孫弘, the eventual Counsellor-in-chief (chengxiang 丞相) of Emperor Wu 漢武帝 (r. 141-87 BCE). Other disciples of his were Chu Da 褚大 of Lanling 蘭陵, Master Ying 嬴公 of Dongping 東平, Duan Zhong 段仲 of Guangchuan 廣川 and Lü Bushu 呂步舒 from Wen 溫.

Pang Pu 龐樸, ed. (1997). Zhongguo ruxue 中國儒學 (Shanghai: Dongfang chuban zhongxin), Vol. 2, 40.