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The story of the 'three Kings' of Sindafu is probably in this wise: For
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SINDAFU. "The Story Of The 'three Kings' Of Sindafu Is Probably In This Wise:

For nearly a century the Wu family (Wu Kiai, Wu Lin, and Wu Hi) had ruled as semi-independent

Sung or 'Manzi' Viceroys of Sz Ch'wan, but in 1206 the last-named, who had fought bravely for the Sung (Manzi) Dynasty against the northern Dynasty of the Nuechen Tartars (successors to Cathay), surrendered to this same Kin or Golden Dynasty of Nuechens or Early Manchus, and was made King of Shuh (Sz Ch'wan). In 1236, Ogdai's son, K'wei-t'eng, effected the partial conquest of Shuh, entering the capital, Ch'eng-tu Fu (Sindafu), towards the close of the same year. But in 1259 Mangu in person had to go over part of the same ground again. He proceeded up the rapids, and in the seventh moon attacked Ch'ung K'ing, but about a fortnight later he died at a place called Tiao-yue Shan, apparently near the Tiao-yue Ch'eng of my map (p. 175 of Up the Yangtsze, 1881), where I was myself in the year 1881. Colonel Yule's suggestion that Marco's allusion is to the tripartite Empire of China 1000 years previously is surely wide of the mark. The 'three brothers' were probably Kiai, Lin, and T'ing, and Wu Hi was the son of Wu T'ing. An account of Wu Kiai is given in Mayers' Chinese Reader's Manual." (E.H. PARKER, As. Quart. Rev., Jan., 1904, pp. 144-5.)

Cf. MAYERS, No. 865, p. 259, and GILES, Biog.

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