Khingila I

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Khingila I
Born 430
Died 480

Khingila I (Firdowsi: Shengil, Alkhano: Khigi, Chinese: Cha-Li) c.430-490, was the foundation king of the Hephthalite Empire (Chinese: 嚈噠), a contemporary of Khushnavaz (fl. 484) in Khwarezm.

"A great fog arose from the sea scaring people and this was followed by countless number of vultures descending on the people."

In response to the migration of the Wusun (who were hard-pressed by the Rouran) from Zhetysu to the Pamir region (Chinese: 葱嶺), Khingila united the Uar (Chinese: 滑) and the Xionites (Chinese: 狁) in 460AD, establishing the Hepthalite dynasty.

According to the Syrian compilation of Church Historian Zacharias Rhetor, bishop of Mytilene, the need for new grazing land to replace that lost to the Wusun led Khingila's "Uar-Chionites" to displace the Sabirs to the west, who in turn displaced the Saragur, Ugor and Onogur, who then asked for an alliance and land from Byzantium.

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Preceded by
Khushnavaz in Khwarezm
Hepthalite rulers Succeeded by
Toramana I