|Kingdom of Sagaing
|Religion||Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, animism|
|-||Founding of Kingdom||16 May 1315|
|-||Fall of Sagaing||April 1364|
|History of Burma|
The Sagaing Kingdom (Burmese: စစ်ကိုင်းခေတ် [zəɡáɪɴ kʰɪʔ]) was a kingdom that ruled a part of central Burma (Myanmar) from 1315 to 1364. The kingdom was the western and northern half of the old Myinsaing Kingdom, which itself was one of many petty kingdoms that emerged after the fall of the Pagan Empire in 1287.
Led by Burmanized Shan kings, the kingdom occasionally clashed with the cross-river rival Pinya Kingdom for the control of central Burma but was largely kept on the defensive throughout its existence by Shan raids from the north. The Sagaing Kingdom collapsed in 1364 when the city of Sagaing was sacked by the Shan raiders from Mogaung.
Thihathu of Myinsaing consolidated his control of central Burma in April 1310, and moved his capital to Pinya in February 1313. Just three years later, on 16 May 1315 (12th waxing of Nayon 677 ME)his eldest son Sawyun left for Sagaing, and took the western part of his father's kingdom. Sawyun had been upset with the king's decision to appoint an adopted son Uzana I as crown prince over his own son.
While Sawyun nominally remained loyal to his father, after Thihathu's death in 1325, the two kingdoms formally went separate ways, with Pinya controlling central Burma east of the Irrawaddy river and Sagaing the western half.
Rivalry with Pinya and Shan raids
Sawyun died in 1327, and was succeeded by Tarabya I, a Shan chief. The two rival kingdoms were engaged in sporadic warfare against each other in the following years. But neither side could gain upper hand as they were more concerned about Shan raids from the north. Shan raids, principally from the Shan princely state of Mogaung, became more intensified in the late 1350s. In the early 1360s, King Minbyauk Thihapate, a Shan chief himself, appointed his stepson Thadominbya as governor of Tagaung at the Shan border in the north to deal with the Shan problem.
End of Sagaing
In 1364, Mogaung in alliance with Sagaing's cross-river rival Pinya Kingdom attacked Sagaing's territories. (Actually, Mogaung did most of the fighting.) Mogaung's Shan raiders overran Tagaung and Thadominbya escaped with great difficulty. Minbyauk sent Thadominbya to prison for Thadominbya's failure to defend Tagaung. But Minbyauk himself fled Sagaing when the city was overrun by Mogaung forces in April of that year (Kason 726 ME). After Mogaung raiders left Sagaing, the people of Sagaing rallied around Thadominbya, who put Minbyauk to death.
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