Kunigami Seiin

Kunigami Ueekata Seiin (国頭 親方 正胤, ? – 1537), also known by his Chinese style name Ba Shiryō (馬 思良), was a bureaucrat of the Ryukyu Kingdom.[1]

Kunigami Seiin was the second son of Okuma Kanjaa (奥間カンジャー),[2] a blacksmith who lived in Okuma, Kunigami. Kanamaru fled to Okuma and hid in the mountain. Okuma Kanjaa found him and saved him from starving to death.[3]

Later, Kanamaru ascended the throne and changed his name to King Shō En. As a reward for saving his life, Shō En elevated Kunigami Seiin to the peerage, gave Seiin Kunigami magiri (modern Kunigami, Okinawa) as the hereditary fief.[2]

Kunigami Seiin served as Sanshikan during King Shō Shin and Shō Sei's reign.[4] He was the grandfather of Kunigami Seikaku. Later, Seiin was regarded as the first head of Kunigami Udun (国頭御殿) posthumously.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kunigami Seiin." Okinawa konpakuto jiten (沖縄コンパクト事典, "Okinawa Compact Encyclopedia").
  2. ^ a b c Rizō, Takeuchi. (1992). Okinawa-ken seishi kakei daijiten (沖縄県姓氏家系大辞典). Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten.
  3. ^ やんばるの伝説をたずねて - 奥間カンジャーと尚円王
  4. ^ 中山王府相卿伝職年譜 向祐等著写本
Kunigami Seiin
title created head of Kunigami Udun Succeeded by
Kunigami Seikan