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Buzhu[1] or Buku (Chinese: 不窋) was a legendary noble during the Xia dynasty in China. He was the son of the Xia minister of agriculture, Houji, and inherited his father's position under the Xia king Kong Jia. Feeling the Xia court to be corrupt, he removed his clan from the capital to Tai. Either he or his son Ji Ju abandoned agriculture completely, enjoying the nomadic lifestyle of his Rong and Di neighbors instead.[2]

As the son of Houji, he was claimed as an ancestor of the Zhou dynasty. His grandson was Gong Liu.[3]

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  1. ^ E.g., Andrew Miller, trans.Commentary of Zuo, "VI. Duke Wen".
  2. ^ Sima Qian. Records of the Grand Historian.
  3. ^ Shiji, "Basic Annals of Zhou" 周本紀: 后稷卒,子不窋立。不窋末年,夏后氏政衰,去稷不務,不窋以失其官而犇戎狄之間。不窋卒,子鞠立。鞠卒,子公劉立。 R. Eno, "The Rise of the House of Zhou", 2010. [1]