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The highest and mightiest of the Ocean Dragon Kings

From his palace in the Eastern Ocean he not only rules the eastern waves but lords it over his brothers, the LONG-WANG Dragon Kings.

AO-KUANG is majestic, utterly regal and aloof. Despite that, he's always being pestered by people after a favor.

Probably the most cheeky request came from architect LU-BAN, who wanted to borrow his entire palace for a blueprint. And when MONKEY was looking for a good solid weapon, AO-KUANG's Treasury was his first port of call.

After several cups of tea and much frightfully polite haggling, MONKEY chose a huge iron rod which no-one else could lift. This was the famous Iron Cudgel or Wishing Staff, which DA-YU had used to subdue the Great Flood. It weighted 13,000 pounds and had lain for a thousand years beneath the sea. To be perfectly honest, AO-KUANG was quite pleased to get rid of it as it was taking up most of the space in his Treasury and making the place look untidy.

Despite several early feuds, battles, and complaints to the JADE-EMPEROR, MONKEY and AO-KUANG did eventually settle their differences to become deadly friends, or the best of enemies.

His son and heir AO-PING was killed in a terrible battle with NEZHA, who was supposed to be killing demons, not dragons. The enraged Dragon King was so horrifically angry that he even considered making an official complaint to the JADE-EMPEROR.

Storming from his palace in an awful rage of revenge, AO-KUANG met NEZHA and was defeated himself. The ultimate humiliation came when NEZHA spared his life but forced him to transform into a blue snake. The poor dragon slithered off, feeling very impotent and miserable. Life was such a drag for the Eastern Dragon King.

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Article last updated on 29 April 2013
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Location : China
Gender : Male
Type : Spiritual Being
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Aow Kwarng
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 1447

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