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Confucius is the founder of Confucianism The name Confucius is the Latin name for Kong Qiu-zi Confucius was born in the village of Zou in the country of Lu in 551 BC He was a poor descendant of a disposed noble family As a child he held fake temple rituals as a young adult quickly earned a reputation for fairness politeness and love of learning and he was reputed to be quite tall When he was 35 years old Duke Zhao of Lu led his country to war this was routed and fled to Qi While he was there Duke Zhao would frequently go to him for advice but after the counsel of one of his minister Zhao was unable to give Confucius land and eventually stopped seeking advice He eventually went back to Lu At age 50 he was approached by the Baron of Qi to help defend against a rebellion but he declined Later on he became a city magistrate by the new Duke of Lu and under his administration the city flourished he got promoted several times eventually becoming Grand Secretary of Justice and at age 56 Chief Minister of Lu Neighboring countries were afraid that Lu was becoming too powerful so they sent gifts and dancers to distract the Duke during a sacrifice holiday As the Duke was abandoning his duties Confucius resigned and left the country Confucius spent the next five years wandering China with his disciples finding that his presence at royal courts was rarely tolerated for long before nobles would begin plotting to drive him out or have him killed He was once arrested and jailed for five days and at age 62 he was pursued along with his disciples onto the countryside by a band of soldiers sent by jealous nobles until he was able to send a messenger to the sympathetic king of a nearby country who sent his own soldiers to rescue them Once again
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