African American DNA Research Forum
DNA & Confucius Family Tree
DNA tests do not grant inclusion to Confucius family tree
Chinese people desperate to prove they are descendants of Confucius have been told that DNA tests will not be included in the current compilation of the family tree of China's first teacher of philosophy.
Kong Deyong, head of the association of compilation work for Confucius Genealogy, announced the exclusion earlier this week.
The thoughts of Confucius (551-479 BC), a philosopher, educator and founder of Confucianism in the late Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC), are believed to still hold sway over Chinese society.
But the total number of the sage's descendants that are alive today is still a mystery.
"Genealogy attaches importance to a clear family tree. Every person who wants to be included in the family tree has to make it clear where on the family tree he or she belongs," Kong Deyong said.
"Although a DNA test may prove someone has blood ties with Confucius, it will fail to ascertain where the claimant is located on the family tree," Kong added.