Chinese poem illustration: 大雅 生民/ Daya – The People by Anonymous
An epic poem about the very earlist Zhou people, the father Houji(后稷), he was treated as the very original ancestor of Zhou people. The poem is of pretty ancient wording even among the Book of Songs, might reveal the real folk story repeated generations by generations by ancient Zhou people. The Zhou spirits and characters are well refelected and traced down to father Houji.
Part1 is about paragraph 1st to 4th, the characters 震, 字, 岐, 嶷, 五谷 are analysed. 五谷(whole grains) is pin-pointed as 菽, 禾, 麻, 麦, 瓜.
“不坼不副，无菑无害，以赫厥灵” could also be explained as: baby Houji was born intact as a ball, the afterbirth does not split, neither could be cut open.
Part2 talked about the agriculture of Zhou poeple, how father Houji taught and assisted them for a good harvest, which is also his duty as the minister of agriculture. The position title(Houji/后稷) even is taken as his name afterwards, compared to his less popular real name Abandon(弃). With the grand harvest, Houji led the people preparing and completing their first ceremony for heaven(肇祀), by which Houji and Zhou people became a recognized decent tribe, a state under the mighty God, since then Zhou people are blessed with peaceful and happy life.
Character 实, 秬秠糜芑 are analysed.
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