Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Razadarit celebrates the consolidation of his rule over the south (c. 1390)
Warfare during the Razadarit era (c. 1385-1421)

Razadarit was finished with the military consolidation of his power over the south by 1390 and paused for a moment to celebrate. In his history of Burma, Harvey offers a and accurate and concise summary:

"In 1390 he [Razadarit] was at the height of his power. He had driven off repeated Burmese attacks, quelled rebellion everywhere…he built shrines at the Shwemawdaw pagoda, feeding a thousand monks throughout a seven days’ festival and offering his weight in gold…the king of Ayutthia sent him a white elephant…he also proceeded to be crowned again with a favourite queen; some of his queens were from prominent families in Chiengmai. He grew wary of his first love Talamidaw the sister who had so befriended him during his unhappy youth; he took away all her jewels down to the family rings bequeathed her by their father, which she tried to hide in her hair, and seeing that she was finally cast aside she poisoned herself with a mixture made pon-ma-thein a camphor shrub” Worried that his son by his sister, Bawlawkyantaw, might rebel, Razadarit had him commit suicide by drinking the same poison" (Harvey, 113-114; SL 73-75)

It is almost as if the distraction of military campaigns had helped Razadarit keep his house in order up until this time.