Khunsang Ton-Huung


Khunsang Ton-Huung
   (?-1917)
   A prominent Shan (Tai) leader of the late 19th century, considered a folk hero. He defeated Burmese and Shan forces sent against him by the Burmese king at Mandalay in the 1870s. after the British asserted their authority over the Shan States, he became the sawbwa of North Hsenwi, with their backing. Although a commoner by origin who engaged in the salt trade, the British favored him over a royal rival to the Hsenwi throne because of his courage and initiative. His daughter, Sao Nang Hearn Kham, married Sao Shwe Taik in 1937 and was a prominent Shan patriot.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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  • Hearn Kham, Sao Nang —    (1915 2003)    Mahadevi (chief queen) of the Shan State of Yawnghwe, prominent member of parliament, and leader of a Shan (Tai) insurgent movement during the 1960s. The daughter of the formidable Khunsang Ton Huung of Hsenwi, she married Sao… …   Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar)