Zu Jia

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Zu Jia (祖甲) was king of the Shang dynasty of China. His personal name was (子載). He is also referred to as Di Jia (帝甲) in the book of Guoyu (国语).

His capital was at Yin (殷).

In the 12th year of his regime, he sent troops to fight Rong people in the west until winter.

In the 13th year of his regime, after being defeated, the West Rong people sent an envoy to Shang. In the same year he ordered the vassal of Fen (邠) to establish an army at Gan (绀).

In the 24th year of his regime, he reproduced the Penalties that were used by Tang of Shang to repress the rebellion.

In the 27th year of his regime, he named his twin sons as prince Zi Xiao (子嚣) and Zi Liang (子良).

Oracle bones from his reign show that he changed tradition. He tried to make government more rational by discontinuing sacrifices to mythical ancestors, mountains and rivers and increasing sacrifices to historical figures like Wu Ding.[1]


  1. ^ Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, The World: A History, (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: 2007), p 84.
Zu Jia
Preceded by
Zu Geng
King of China Succeeded by
Lin Xin