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Yong-le: Year 6, Month 11, Day 4

21 Nov 1408

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The posthumous title of "Gong-shun" (Respectful and According) was conferred upon Ma-na-re-jia-na-nai, the deceased king of the country of Bo-ni. It was ordered that his son Xia-wang inherit the fief as king of the country of Bo-ni. Xia-wang and his uncle Shi-li Nan-na-na-nuo said: "Our country yearly provided to Java 40 jin of "pian-nao" camphor. It is requested that Imperial orders be sent to Java ordering it to cease requiring this tribute. It is also requested that we be allowed to yearly present this to the Court." They also said: "Now, when we return to our country, it is requested that envoys be sent to escort us and remain on guard for one year, so as to satisfy the wishes of the people." They further requested that the frequency for offering tribute to the Court be fixed and that the number of attendants allowed to accompany the mission be set down. The Emperor approved their requests. The tribute frequency was set at one mission every three years and the number of attendants allowed to accompany the mission was left to their own discretion. Subsequently, Imperial orders were sent to Du-ma-ban, the king of the country of Java, ordering him to cease requiring Bo-ni to provide "pian-nao" camphor.

Tai-zong: juan 85.1a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 11, page 1127/28

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Geoff Wade, translator, Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu: an open access resource, Singapore: Asia Research Institute and the Singapore E-Press, National University of Singapore, http://epress.nus.edu.sg/msl/reign/yong-le/year-6-month-11-day-4, accessed October 22, 2019