Mobye Narapati

Noble person

1517 –


Who is Mobye Narapati?

Mobye Narapati was the penultimate king of Ava who reigned from 1545 to 1551, as the disputed representative of the Confederation of Shan States that had ruled Ava since 1527. Before succeeding his father Hkonmaing as king of Ava, Narapati was saopha of the Shan state of Mong Pai, which was a tributary state of Hsipaw.

Narapati III's ascension to the Ava throne was actively opposed by the Shan state of Mohnyin. As the most powerful state in the confederation, and as one that led the 1527 conquest of Ava, Mohnyin felt that the ruler of Ava should be one of its representatives—not of the House of Hsipaw which as the main ally of Ava fought against the confederation in the 1520s. Without Mohnyin's active support, Narapati ruled just a small area around Ava. The succession dispute escalated, and in 1551 Sithu Kyawhtin, a son of Saopha of Mohnyin, raised a rebellion. He occupied Sagaing, across the river from Ava, and began an assault on Ava. Narapati III fled south to the Toungoo Kingdom led by King Bayinnaung.

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on July 23, 2013


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