Yu the Great

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  • Chinese/Japanese: 大禹 (Da Yu / Dai U)

Yu the Great is the legendary founder of China's first dynasty, the Xia Dynasty, sometime around 2200-2100 BCE.

Though his State of Xia was among the most prominent and powerful at the time, there may have been as many as 10,000 individual states (guo) active at that time within the region now known as China.

Preceded by
Shun the Great
Ruler of Xia
c. 2200-2100 BCE
Succeeded by
Qi of Xia


  • K.C. Chang, Art, Myth, and Ritual, Harvard University Press (1983), 25-27.
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