|~~In the television series
Stargate SG-1, Yu is portrayed as a Goa'uld System Lord. See Yu (Stargate).
Yu (í often called Da Yu Yu the Great") was the legendary
first Chinese monarch of the Xia Dynasty, considered as the founder
of the dynasty. Occasionally identified as one of The Three August
Ones and the Five Emperors, he is best remembered for teaching the
people flood control techniques to tame China's rivers and lakes.
Yu's father, Gun, was assigned by Yao to regulate the floods but
was so unsuccessful in his attempt that he was
executed by the later ruler Shun. Recruited as a successor to his
father, Yu began dredging new river channels as outlets, spending
a back-breaking thirteen years and some 20,000 workers in the task.
Yu is remembered as an example of perseverance and determination.
He is revered as the perfect civil servant. Stories abound about
his work in flood techniques taking such importance to him that
he bypassed his house three times in thirteen years but never went
in ª reasoning that a family reunion would take his time and
mind away from the flood control problem.
Shun was so impressed by Yu's efforts that he passed the throne
to him instead of his own son.
According to historical texts, Yu died at Mount Kuaiji (south of
present day Shaoxing) whilst on a hunting tour on the southern frontier
of his empire, and was buried there, where a mausoleum was built
in his honor. A number of emperors in imperial times have travelled
there to perform ceremonies in his honour, notably Qin Shi Huang.
A temple, Dayu Ling (, has been built on the traditional site where
the ceremonies are performed.
Before Yu's time, the title of emperor was passed to the next person
considered by the community to have the highest virtue, instead
of from father to son. However, Yu's son, , proved very capable
himself and was recommended to be the next ruler of the dynasty.
This became the precedent of rulership based on heredity in China.