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Emperor Zhangzong of Jin
Zhangzong (August 31, 1168 – December 29, 1208) was emperor of the Jin, the Jurchen dynasty which ruled northern China. He reigned from January 20, 1189 to December 29, 1208. His personal name was Wanyan Madage.
Zhangzong was the sixth in the line of Jin rulers. He inherited the throne from his grandfather Emperor Shizong of Jin and was succeeded by Emperor Weishaowang of Jin.
To some extent, Zhangzong continued Shizong's policy of encouraging intensive use of Jurchen language and maintaining Jurchen customs. He forbade wearing of Chinese clothes and required his subjects to perform the Jurchen kowtow ceremony. He required his meng'an and mouke (Jurchen hereditary feudal nobility) to take an archery test if they wanted to sit for a jinshi examination. On the other hand, he permitted Jurchen to follow Chinese funeral practices, and Tang and Song rituals are known to have been performed at his court in 1194.
Resuming one of the projects of Hailing, he established Confucian temples in all prefectures and counties of his empire.
He ordered Taiye Lake built in Beijing for him to go fishing. Unlike Shizong, Zhangzong did not consider hunting as a natural and necessary way of military training but viewed it as recreation.
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