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evidence that this movement occurred about this date. The Shan chronicles, quoted by Ney Elias, mention that the town of Mon6 was founded b.c. 519; Theinni, b.c. 441; and Theebo, B.C. 423.
It seems likely that the Shans entered the basin of the Irrawadi by the valley of the Shweli, and, after ' founding the kingdom of Mung Mau, or Muang Mau, spread northwards, westwards, and southwards; and driving the Burmese southwards and westwards, occupied the locality west of the Salween, which they have retained ever since.
In a.d. 568 Muang Kaing, Muang Nyaung, and Muang Ri, Muang Ram, were the capitals of the Mau dominions. In a.d. 703 the capital was at Muang Kaung, or Mogaung, which was then known as Ma-Kau Muang Lung. The Shan kingdoms rapidly increased in numbers, partly from conquest and the habit of placing relatives of the ruling chief as princes of outlying provinces, and partly from the frequent splitting up of the kingdoms through rebellions and wars of succession.
Unfortunately for the kingdoms in Indo-China there is no rule of primogeniture; the ruler can choose his own successor from any member of his family ; arid if any other has a larger following amongst the people, or can get another strong power to aid him, he proceeds to dethrone his relative. The custom of assassinating all the royal family, with the exception of the children of the new king, on ascending the throne, was lately exemplified by King Theebau of Burmah.
The power of the Mau empire gradually extended.The power of the Mau empire gradually extended.