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This article is about the 15th monarch of Chu. For the founder of Chu, see Xiong Yi.
Xiong Yi
Viscount of Chu
Reign 790–764 BC
Full name
Posthumous name

Ruo'ao (Chinese: 若敖, died 764 BC) was from 790 to 764 BC the monarch of the state of Chu during the Western Zhou Dynasty of ancient China. Born Xiong Yi (Chinese: 熊儀), he was the first Chu ruler to be given a posthumous title.[1]

Like other early Chu rulers, Ruo'ao held the hereditary noble rank of viscount that was first granted to his ancestor, also named Xiong Yi (熊繹, different in Chinese characters), by King Cheng of Zhou.[1]

Ruo'ao succeeded his father Xiong E, who died in 791 BC. He reigned for 27 years and was succeeded by his son Xiao'ao.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Sima Qian. "楚世家 (House of Chu)". Records of the Grand Historian (in Chinese). Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
Died: 764 BC
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Xiong E
Viscount of Chu
790–764 BC
Succeeded by