One village, over 9,000 people with same last name, over 50 ancestral halls, this last name is not a common surname in Chaoshan.
When talking about Guangdong Chaoshan Province, I believe that everyone will have a few friends or classmates from Guangdong Chaoshan Province, then you can pay attention to their last names. Many people are from Guangdong Chaoshan Province, and they all have surname Shen Among them is famous Shen Wangsan, who is rich as an enemy.
And he also has many popular stories, most famous of which has to be his cornucopia, right? Because we can also see plot of this kind of story in related movies and TV dramas on TV.
So you can have more celebrity experiences with surname Shen. But in fact, Shen Wangsan, rich as a country, is not from Chaoshan, Guangdong Province, but there are indeed many Shen ancestral halls in this place.
If you go to Chaoshan, Guangdong Province, you will find that you can find a lot of ancestral halls when you walk through gorgeous little villages, and most of these ancestral halls bear surname Shen.
The difference between north and south in ancestral temple family culture.
Friends in north may not have a deep impression of ancestral home, because people in north are scattered, we live in a large area, and our family ties are not so extensive.
Mostly, they have close contact with their blood relatives. If they are separated by several generations, they may not be very close and they may not even know each other anymore. But this situation is rare in south, because concept of family inheritance is very common here.
Whether in a big city in south or in a small village, you can see many ancestral halls. Some of these ancestral halls have very shiny buildings. If their descendants are very competitive and earn a lot. If there is no money, they will spend a large amount of money to repair their family's ancestral home or clan's ancestral home.
Even in small mountain villages, there are many family-style ancestral halls where their ancestors are kept, and each ancestor has a rank, and ancestral hall even holds precious family trees. This family tree can be stretched up for many generations, finding their ancestors and branched relatives.
An ancestral source of Shen family in Huamei Village.
Actually, lineage of assembled families like Huamei village is mostly passed down from one ancestor to another, and this kind of ancestors may have migrated to this place after continuous reproduction and generations. Generations of life here have gradually formed a village or larger place, so many people share same surname.
Essentially, a family name comes from an ancestor. The Shen family's ancestors come from Henan. We all know that Henan has a very large population. In fact, in ancient times, Henan had a very large population because it is a plain.
Growing food is more convenient and more people can be fed, so population density is relatively high, and after wars or disasters in different periods, population of Henan began to migrate throughout country.
Henan Province is home to many people who have migrated from different provinces, counties and cities. Arriving in different places, they found a suitable place and began to settle down. Therefore, in various cities and counties throughout country, one can find people from Henan who have migrated and passed on family.
The migration route of Shen's ancestors.
Shen's ancestors first arrived in Fujian, lived in Fujian for a while and then left for Chaoshan, we all know that Fujian is very close to Chaoshan, you can walk there on foot. The ancestor at that time walked by himself, and then got married and gave birth to children here.
Constantly increasing my family, until today I have a very large offspring, so I can find many trouble-free reservoirs in this village, and descendants of this ancestor continue to almost 10,000 people today.
There are different ancestral halls for different branches of Shen family.
Many people will be curious, obviously they are all ancestors, and everyone has surname Shen, why there are so many different ancestral halls in village, as we said above, when this ancestor moved to Chaoshan for a very long time.
Moreover, in this process, a lot of children are born, which will be passed down from generation to generation, and there will be many branches, and each branch has its own offspring.
Although surname was preserved and passed down, but ancestors of branches have branches, and they established different family chambers, because everyone wants to consolidate himself.
Several generations of ancestors, so even if it's a surname, there will be different ancestral halls in village. In fact, they still have a common ancestral hall for their common ancestors.
Even if descendants of Shen family have different ancestral halls, there are many traits in Shen ancestral halls that should be same. The ancestral family law, which has gone down in history, also has certain requirements for their ancestral halls, so they will choose worship statues.
And this kind of statue is a symbol of their ancestors. They want their descendants to be both civilian and military, so here is a selection of Wenjiang and Wujiang statues. Family name inheritance is a very important bearer and part of our traditional Chinese culture, so we still respect such an ancestral hall culture.