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The wars fought by these two kings, King Tabinshwehti ( ) and King Bayinnaung ( ), had been extended in duration and exceedingly cruel. They succeeded in gaining control of the Mon kingdom in Reduced Myanmar and the kingdom of Ava. They conquered all of what is today Myanmar like the Shan states as far east as Chiang Mai, and created incursions into lower Thailand and Yunnan where some kings paid tribute to the Myanmar court. The Sasanavamsa praises Thihathu, the youngest of three Shan brothers who wrested energy from the Pagan dynasty in Upper Myanmar, as a Buddhist king...