Based on Family Tree of Jiang Clan in Fujian and Taiwan on hand, this paper particularly examines the history of Jiang Clan, which has a large population in Fujian and Taiwan, traces back their ancestors, and the meaning of such an activity. This paper holds that the activity of tracing back ancestors is obviously in succession, that is, from family tree in Yongding, to that in Shanghang, and finally to the family of Jiang Wangli. The Changing or recognizing of new ancestors each time is an important part for the construction of clan culture and in close relation with social development at that time. The compilation of family tree is an individual action of persons responsible, and the activity of tracing back ancestors is not the scientific meaning and solidity from the angle of academy. However, such an activity, in a long run, is a collective one without organization and the result of collective practice of clan, and prevails itself the basic meanings and humanity senses embraced in China Culture.
Journal of Fujian Normal University(Philosophy and Social Sciences Edtion)
Ancestor, trace back, recognize, Jiang Clan