Zu Xin (Chinese: 祖辛; Zi Dan) was a Shang dynasty King of China.

Zu Xin 祖辛
King of Shang dynasty
Full name
Posthumous name
Zu Xin (祖辛)

In the Records of the Grand Historian he was listed by Sima Qian as the fourteenth Shang king, succeeding his Father Zu Yi (祖乙). He was enthroned in the year of Wuzi (戊子) with Bi () as his capital. He ruled for about 16 years (although the Bamboo Annals claim 14 years) before his death. He was given the posthumous name Zu Xin and was succeeded by his younger brother Wo Jia (沃甲).[1][2][3]

Oracle script inscriptions on bones unearthed at Yinxu alternatively record that he was the thirteenth Shang king.[2][3]


  1. ^ Bai, Shouyi (2002). An Outline History of China. Beijing: Foreign Language Press. ISBN 7-119-02347-0.
  2. ^ a b "The Shang Dynasty Rulers". China Knowledge. Retrieved August 7, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Shang Kingship And Shang Kinship" (PDF). Indiana University. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
Zu Xin
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Zu Yi
King of China Succeeded by
Qiang Jia