JINAN, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- The fifth update of
Confucius' family tree ended Wednesday in east China's Shandong Province,
putting the revered Chinese philosopher's descendants at more than 2 million.
The latest revision took 10 years to complete. It
gives the most complete and systematic record of Confucius genealogy, said Kong
Deyong, a 77th-generation descendant and founder of the Confucius Genealogy
Compilation Committee (CGCC).
"The previous revision in 1937 included 600,000
members. Since the new revision started in 1998, we have collected data from
more than 1.3 million new people," Kong said.
"Another 11,000 members registered after we stopped
soliciting for possible descendants. It took time to confirm whether their
identities conform to the Confucius genealogy."
The new list, which includes overseas and female
descendants for the first time, is expected to be published sometime around
Confucius' 2560th birthday, which falls on Sept. 28.
Confucius' family tree recorded 83 generations of his
offspring. The newest descendent is a little girl in Liaoning Province.
Confucius, born in 551 B.C. in Shandong, was a great
teacher and thinker whose theories held sway as orthodox ideology in China for
more than 2,000 years. His teachings, which advocate peace and social harmony,
enjoyed a renaissance here in recent years.