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The 16th most common last name in China. The Chinese word Lin means forest and the name is related to forest. During the
Shang Dynasty, Shang Zhou (1,154 1,134 B.C.) had three uncles serving as officials in his administration. They were Bi Gan, Qi Zi and Wei Zi. Due to Shang Zhous cruelty and corruption, the people suffered dearly.
After urging the king to repent and failed, Wei Zi resigned and Qi Zi pretended to have gone
insane. Only Bi Gan remained and continued to urge the king to repent. Bi Gan said, "Its the servants responsibility to correct the master; servants who are afraid of being killed and refrain from telling the truth are not righteous." Due to his stubbornness, Zhou Wang decided to kill Bi Gan. Shang Zhou summoned Bi Gan and said, "I heard that a human heart has 7 openings.
If you are loyal, let me take a look at your heart." He then ordered his guards to cut open
Bi Gans chest for his heart. When the news of Bi Gans death reached his wife, she knew that it wouldnt be long before Zhou Wang would order the execution of the entire family. Being pregnant at the time, Bis wife decided to escape to Mu Ye (Wei Hui and Qi of HeNan). She hid in a cave inside a forest until the baby boy was born. She named him Jian. Soon Shang Zhou was overthrown and killed by Zhou Wu Wang. Being the descendents of a righteous official, Jian and his mother were respected by Zhou Wu Wang. Because Jiang was born in the forest, Zhou Wu Wang gave him the name of Lin (forest).
Hometown: Li Shi of Shanxi.
Chun Qiu - Kong Fu Zi had a student called Lin Fang
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