Many ancient Chinese emigrated abroad, but some foreigners also came to China to settle down. For example, two generations of Persian princes lived and died in Xi’an, but their descendants disappeared. There are also small Royal family members living thousands of miles away in China.
In a village called Beiying in Dezhou, Shandong Province, there lives a family named an. An surname is rare in China, but it can be found all over the country. However, this family with an surname has lived here for more than 600 years. No matter how they look or how they live, they are no different from the local people. According to the people here, they live here for generations only to wait for an ancient tomb.
This tomb is a king of the ancient Sultanate of Sulu. Then why is the king’s tomb here, and his descendants are also here? It starts with a story.
According to historical records, in the 15th year of Yongle in the Ming Dynasty, that is, 1417, three kings, Badu batara, the leader of Sulu in Southeast Asia, Mahala chigarada, the leader of the western country, and Badu gbara, the leader of the Dong country, brought more than 300 people to pay tribute in the Ming Dynasty.
In this tribute, Sulu kingdom brought a lot of treasures. They sailed on the sea for more than three months before arriving in China. Later, I went to Beijing through the Grand Canal.
Zhu Di, the emperor of the Ming Dynasty, was very pleased to see such a large group of tribute troupes and ordered that the royal family of Sulu be given the highest reception. King suludong submitted the credentials to Zhu Di, who rewarded the tribute kings and envoys.
After nearly a month in Beijing, King Sulu set out to return home. But when the ship sailed to Dezhou, China, King suludong died of illness in Dezhou.
It’s said that King Sulu died suddenly. Zhu Di attached great importance to it. He sent special people to mourn and buried King Sulu according to the Chinese Royal Standard. The eldest son of King Sulu returned to China to succeed him. His concubine Ge Muning, the second prince andulu, the little prince wenhala and others stayed in China to guard the tomb.
Later, the descendants of King Sulu were divided into two families in China: an family and Wen family. After the collapse of the Ming Dynasty, the Qing Dynasty took over the Central Plains, and the Qing emperor also protected the tomb of King Sulu.
Now the descendants of Sulu Kingdom still live in the Philippines, and sometimes come to China to worship their ancestors. Philippine politicians visiting China will also visit Texas to worship the mausoleum of King Sulu.