Wadanthika

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Wadanthika
ဝဋံသိကာ
Queen of the Central Palace
Tenurec. 1190s – 1190s
Predecessor Saw Ahlwan
Successor Saw Mya Kan
Born Pagan (Bagan)
Diedc. 1190s
Pagan
Spouse Sithu II
IssueYazathu
Pyanchi
Gingathu
House Pagan
Religion Theravada Buddhism

Wadanthika (Burmese : ဝဋံသိကာ, pronounced  [wədàɴθḭgà] ) was the second Queen of the Central Palace of King Sithu II of the Pagan Dynasty of Myanmar (Burma). She may also have been Sithu II's chief queen for a brief period.

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Chronicles do not identify her by her personal name; they identify her simply as younger sister of Thubarit, and mother of Yazathu, Pyanchi and Gingathu. [note 1] But contemporary inscriptional evidence shows that the name of the queen of Sithu II and the mother of Yazathu, Pyanchi and Gingathu was Wadanthika. [1] According to the chronicle Yazawin Thit , she was Ale Pyinthe or Queen of the Central Palace, and was a grandniece of Queen Yadanabon I of Pagan. [2] Inscriptional evidence as well as Maha Yazawin and Hmannan Yazawin chronicles say that she had the title Usaukpan, [1] [3] [4] which according to Than Tun meant the chief queen. [note 2] If so, Sithu II may have continued to keep the offices of the chief queen and the Queen of the Southern Palace separate. (His first chief queen Weluwaddy, and the first South Queen was Min Aung Myat.)

Wadanthika died soon after the birth of her third child. [3] [5]

Notes

  1. See (Maha Yazawin Vol. 1 2006: 212) and (Hmannan Vol. 1 2003: 317–318). (Yazawin Thit Vol. 1 2012: 133) gives only Yazathura and Pyanchi (not Gingathu) as her children.
  2. (Than Tun 1964: 129) translates Usaukpan as Hteik-khaung-tin Mibaya, or chief queen.

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References

  1. 1 2 Than Tun 1964: 129
  2. Yazawin Thit Vol. 1 2012: 133
  3. 1 2 Maha Yazawin Vol. 1 2006: 212
  4. Hmannan Vol. 1 2003: 317
  5. Hmannan Vol. 1 2003: 318

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Wadanthika
Royal titles
Preceded by
Saw Ahlwan
Queen of the Central Palace
c. 1190s – 1190s
Succeeded by
Saw Mya Kan