Khingila I

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Khingila I
Tegin of the Alchon Huns
Khingila portrait.jpg
Portrait of king Khingila c. 430 - 490 CE.
Reign 430-461
Successor Mehama
Born 430
Died 480
Coin of younger Khingila, circa 440-490 CE.[1]
Coin of King Khingila.

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

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 (c. 465, Gaza – after 536), 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
Anonymous
Tegin of the Alchon Huns
430-461
Succeeded by
Mehama


  1. ^ CNG coins [1]