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Ginkgo Tree and Oriental Education


Winter has arrived in the northern hemisphere, and I believe you have seen photos of ginkgo leaves turning yellow recently.


Do you know that the ginkgo tree is a symbol of Chinese culture and education, so it is also called the "ginkgo altar" in the education community.


This stems from the fact that in 522 BC, when Confucius was thirty years old, he began to establish civilian education, recruit apprentices and give lectures, in order to right the crumbling palace and change the reality of "the collapse of rituals and the collapse of music". One day, the courtyard of the Confucius family was very lively. Confucius led a group of young people to build an altar with earth, and moved a small ginkgo tree to plant beside the altar.


Confucius stroked the ginkgo tree and said: "The abundant fruits of ginkgo symbolize that there are disciples all over the world. The tree poles are straight, never leaning sideways, symbolizing the upright character of the disciples. The kernels are both edible and can be used as medicine to treat diseases, which symbolizes after the disciples complete their studies, they can benefit the country and the people's livelihood. Let's name this forum Xingtan (ginkgo altar)!"


From then on, Confucius gave lectures at Xingtan every day, and disciples from all over the places

gathered.

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