Houji, being deserted to the mountains and lakes by his mother, was taken care of by the beasts and birds.
As a result of being abandoned when born with an unbroken placenta, he was called by 'Qi4' or the abandoned boy.
The people of Zhou Dynasty lived in an area that was considered to be the dwelling place of the Xi-rong & Rong-di, somewhere in western Shaanxi Province, near today's Gansu/Sichuan border.
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Gongliu's son (Qingjie) set up a statelet in a place called 'Bin'.
'Bin' was commonly taken to be in today's central Shenxi Province, a place belonging to the Xi-rong later , i.e., today's Xunyi where Liu Zhidan's communist Red Army banditry sought the safe haven.
SHI JING, in the section SHENG MIN (bearing of the people), described Hou-ji as being born like a baby sheep in an intact placenta.
Both Lord Yao and Lord Shun used 'Qi4' as the master of agriculture, with Lord Shun assigning him to the land of Tai as his fief and naming him by the agricultural title 'Hou-ji', one of the three agricultural titles as carried in ZHOU YU of GUO YU.
The 'Bin' here was disputed by some scholars to be still in Shanxi Province rather than Shenxi Province, which was wrong.